Fort Union's original design was well documented, so when the rebuilding took place, everything was put back where it belonged, if possible.
"Now we have what has been described as kind of a living history stage to explain to people just how the trade and commerce worked on the upper Missouri with the American Fur Company and the native people here," says interpretive park ranger Richard Stenberg.
Native Americans called Ft. Union "The Great White House on the Prairie." Around 13,000 people come to visit the historical spot every year.
"It kind of ties some of the things together, in terms of we've learned the fur trade, now it's bringing it to life in terms of a fort," says Don Wells.
One of the most popular places at Fort Union is the trade room. This is where Native Americans would trade for furs and other important items. Visitors learn how trading worked from a tour guide dressed in traditional Native American clothing.
"People are interested in that, it's very unique," says Russ Rocheford.
Russ Rocheford fort's history.
"I think we owe it, especially to the native Americans of the area, and what went down and how all that portrays."
Archeologists have recovered over one million artifacts from Ft Union. Some of those items are on display inside the Fort's museum, including some 383,000 trade beads.
"We've been told by some of the leading experts in the field that we have the most complete trade bead collection in North America," says Stenberg.
Wells says he would recommend everyone take a trip to the fort.
"Historically, it's helped make the country what it is today."
During the summer, Fort Union is open from 8:00 to 6:30 central time.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:57 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:57:59 GMT
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:54:06 GMT
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:50:18 GMT
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:48:30 GMT
Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.
Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions. More>>
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them. Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday. As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.