Fort Union Trading Post: Fur Trade Empire on the Upper Missouri
By Erwin Thompson.
Fort Union Trading Post, founded in 1828, was the grandest of the extensive network of fur posts erected on the upper Missouri and Yellowstone rivers by the American Fur Company and its rivals in the nineteenth century. This headquarters post, peopled by a succession of strong personalities and supplied via steamboats, became a proud citadel in the wilderness. Because of its significant role in the nation's history, Fort Union is a unit in the National Park System.
This fort ranks high in the history of the fur trade and in the exploration of the continent. Its story is an important piece in the mosiac of the Great West. The pages of this book tell the history of Fort Union Trading Post, a tale of traders, Assiniboins, Crows, Blackfeet, artists, princes, steamboats, beaver, buffalo, and life on the upper Missouri over one hundred and fifty years ago.