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Fort Buford was constructed in 1866 as a military lookout post near the confluence of two major rivers Yellowstone and Missouri in Northern United States. The fort was named after John Buford, Jr., a Major General in the American Civil War. It witnessed several raids and massacres through the years before falling into disrepair at the end of the 19th Century. It was most famous for the capture of Sitting Bull, a notorious tribal leader. Today, the site surrounding the fort is a tourist attraction and has a gunpowder magazine, museum, officer's quarters and cemetery. This place is worth a visit if you wish to learn more about North Dakota's war history. Check the website for the seasonal hours of operation.
First erected in 1828 by the Missouri Outfit, the Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site was once the largest fur trading hub within upper Missouri. Nearby tribes such as the Lakota, Blackfoot, Cree, Crow, Assiniboine, Ojibwe and Hidatsa flocked to this important site in order to trade furs and buffalo robes to Easterners in exchange for guns, pipes, cookware, cloth and knives. Today, a modern reconstruction of the fort sits on the site, allowing visitors to explore this important location in the history of America's Westward expansion.