Nestled just half an hour from Williston, Fort Union National Historic Site stands as one of western North Dakota's best-kept secrets. This grand frontier trading post, situated on the Missouri River, is a treasure trove of history and culture, waiting to be explored.

Fort Union: A Historic Hub of Commerce and Cultural Exchange (1828–1867)

From 1828 to 1867, Fort Union Trading Post was a bustling hub of commerce and cultural exchange. It hosted the Assiniboine and six other Northern Plains tribes as trade partners. Here, buffalo robes and smaller furs were traded for a myriad of goods from around the world, including cloth, guns, blankets, and beads. This peaceful exchange made Fort Union a vital center for trade and interaction among diverse communities.


Experience History Alive at the 41st Annual Fort Union Rendezvous

The site is more than just a historical landmark; it’s a living history museum that brings the past to life. Each year, it hosts the Annual Fort Union Rendezvous, a 19th-century fur trade fair that is not to be missed. This year marks the 41st Annual Fort Union Rendezvous, taking place from June 13–16, 2024, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Central Time).

Immerse Yourself in the Upper Missouri's Fur Trade Era at the Fort Union Rendezvous

The Rendezvous is an immersive experience featuring a variety of arts, crafts, and music, capturing the essence of the upper Missouri’s fur trade era. Visitors can enjoy historical demonstrations, meet living history reenactors, and explore Trader's Row, where vendors offer goods reminiscent of those traded at the post centuries ago.

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Thursday, June 13, is designated as Kids Day, running from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. It’s a perfect opportunity for families to engage with history through interactive and educational activities designed specifically for children.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply looking for a unique and enriching experience, the Fort Union Rendezvous offers something for everyone. It’s a chance to step back in time and witness the vibrant history that shaped the region.

If you haven’t visited Fort Union National Historic Site yet, or if it’s been a few years since your last visit, now is the perfect time to rediscover this remarkable site. Located in Williston’s backyard, Fort Union awaits with its rich history and cultural heritage, ready to transport you to a bygone era.

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