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Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
Fort Union Trading Post NHS.JPG
View inside Fort Union from the Southwest bastion looking towards the Bourgeois (manager's) house.
Location McKenzie and Williams counties, North Dakota, and Richland and Roosevelt counties, Montana
Nearest city Williston, North Dakota
Area 444 acres (1.80 km2)
Built 1828
Architectural style Greek Revival
Visitation 16,940 (2005)
Website Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
NRHP reference No. 66000103
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Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966
Designated NHL July 4, 1961
Designated NHS June 20, 1966

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is a partial reconstruction of the most important fur trading post on the upper Missouri, 1829-1867. The fort site is about two miles from the confluence of the Missouri River and its tributary, the Yellowstone River, on the Dakota side of the North Dakota/Montana border, 25 miles from Williston, North Dakota.

In 1961, the site became one of the earliest declared National Historic Landmarks in the United States and was named Fort Union Trading Post by the National Park Service to differentiate it from Fort Union National Monument, a historic frontier Army post in New Mexico.

The historic site interprets how portions of the fort may have looked in 1851, based on archaeological excavations as well as drawings by contemporaries, including Rudolf Kurz, the post clerk in 1851.

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