Fur traders reenact frontier life at Fort Union

30 Nov

Journey to Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site this weekend, for a hands-on look at frontier life.

The Fort Union Muzzle Loaders will occupy Fort Union, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5, acting the role of American Fur Company employees during the winter.  These employees would have pressed furs and robes, hauled wood and water, cut ice and did a little trading with American Indian tribes.  Visitors will also be invited to try pemmican.  Pemmican was the food of survival during the time – met and dried berries pounded into a paste and covered with melted fat, then pressed into cakes.  There will also be coffee, cider and biscuits for the less adventurous.

Inside the Bourgeois House at Fort Union, see the fur trade exhibits and take a look at the fort’s book store.

Fort Union is located 25 miles southwest of Williston on Highway 1804.

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Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Attractions, Events, Family Fun, History


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One response to “Fur traders reenact frontier life at Fort Union

  1. Eric Dolin

    December 1, 2010 at 5:58 am

    Check out FUR, FORTUNE, AND EMPIRE: THE EPIC HISTORY OF THE FUR TRADE IN AMERICA, for more on this fascinating part of American history.


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