From 1828-1867 Fort Union was the most important fur trading post on the Upper Missouri. Here, seven Northern Plains Indian Tribes, including the Assiniboine, traded buffalo robes and other furs for goods such as cloth, guns, blankets and beads. This fort was a bastion of peaceful coexistence, annually trading over 25,000 buffalo robes and $100,000 of merchandise.
“a bastion of peaceful coexistence”
The Fort is amazing, I was transported into the past. I walked into every open door, read every sign, stared at the walkway entrance and even checked to see if the door to the beautiful house would open. Guess what, it does. It is a fascinating place to learn about our history. It is very peaceful.
Its a long drive but for a historic stop it was worth it. Rangers were great with the kids. Its a very different fort from what we are used to seeing in that it was designed for trade not defense.
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