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Fort Union Trading Post, ND
« on: August 19, 2011, 09:07:14 AM »
Anyone ever spent any time at Fort Union Trading Post in North Dakota? 
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Re: Fort Union Trading Post, ND
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2011, 09:46:38 PM »
I've been up there a couple of times, once in the late-80s and the second time, ironically, just a few weeks ago. They've made a lot of improvements over the years, but not as many as I would have expected. No livestock on hand and only one person in a trader's outfit, although in fairness this was just a few days after their annual rendezvous, so maybe they were taking a breather. I did pick up "On the Upper Missouri: The Journal of Rudolph Friederich Kurz, 1851-1852", but haven't read it yet. Bent's Old Fort in Colorado is still my favorite.

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Re: Fort Union Trading Post, ND
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2011, 11:23:44 PM »
Howdy boys. I am extemely excited to see this group come into being. I live in North Dakota and Ft. Union is my second home. I portray the Fort Hunter as a National Parks volunteer. At Union it is always 1851! I agree that there is alot of things that can be improved upon there but it sure beats not having it at all. During our several Living History events every year, it is a pretty darn neat place to play. I actually live in Minot N. D. about 150 miles from the fort but that is "just down the road" on the Plains. By the 1840s the American Fur Company was bringing Hawken rifles and Colt revolving pistols up river for Company employee use. What more could I ask for! I carry a Lyman Great Plains rifle that has been defarbed and looks very much like a real Hawken. Braintanned leather pants and jacket, wide-brimmed , lowcrowned felt hat , cotton shirt and knee-high black boots. Add a pair of '51 Navies in cross-draw(also known as Plainsman draw) holsters and you get a good idea of my image. I also am a Buffalo Bill Cody impersonater. Different clothes and all but still a plainsman. When I figure out how, I will post some pictures of our good times. This June at our annual rendezvous and yes it is still 1851, I was talking to a friend and fellow plainsman about how we needed to look into promoting this era more. Lo and behold I stumble across this group in its infancy! Count me in boys! Caleb, I will email you and make it official but count me in.   "Ho for the Plains"
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Re: Fort Union Trading Post, ND
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2011, 10:02:34 PM »
Howdy Boys! I keep trying to post some pics from Ft Union but I keep getting an "error has occurred" reply instead of a posting. I am much better with my guns than I am with this computer. Will keep trying.

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Re: Fort Union Trading Post, ND
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2011, 10:47:55 PM »
If you can't get them to post, send them to me. Maybe I'll have better luck as a moderator. Or maybe Two Flints will chime in. He posts photos regularly on the Spencer Shooting Society board. I'm looking forward to seeing some images from this period.

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Re: Fort Union Trading Post, ND
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2011, 07:20:46 AM »
I have always want to go to Fort Union, but I have never traveled that far North.  I think just North of the Greasy Grass has been my limit.  A fellow I met at the trappers encampment at Bent's and at a couple of SASS shoots at Amarillo used to go up there and do an 1850's Survey Impression.  I think he went by Hipshot or something of that nature.  He had some good stories to tell of the post and the people.  Looking forward to any pictures you can post, Bill.

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Re: Fort Union Trading Post, ND
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2011, 10:01:15 AM »
buffalo bill at Fort Union

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Re: Fort Union Trading Post, ND
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2011, 10:02:28 AM »
buffalo bill @ Fort Union

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Re: Fort Union Trading Post, ND
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2011, 10:04:47 AM »
Looks like shining times, bill. Were those photos taken this year?

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Re: Fort Union Trading Post, ND
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2011, 10:37:53 AM »
Thanks for posting the pictures.
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Re: Fort Union Trading Post, ND
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2011, 10:16:00 PM »
These are from last fall. I will send some more after Labor Day. We have what they call a work weekend. There will be 25 or 30 Living History interpreters portraying many of the employees at a fur trade post. The place comes alive. Nothing like it ! Ft Union  traded mostly buffalo robes instead of beaver. Not alot of beaver herds on the Plains.

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Re: Fort Union Trading Post, ND
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2011, 10:19:07 AM »
These are from last fall. I will send some more after Labor Day. We have what they call a work weekend. There will be 25 or 30 Living History interpreters portraying many of the employees at a fur trade post. The place comes alive. Nothing like it ! Ft Union  traded mostly buffalo robes instead of beaver. Not alot of beaver herds on the Plains.

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Some fine looking pictures they are.  

A little info on the hat please?
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Re: Fort Union Trading Post, ND
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2011, 12:39:32 AM »
The hat was bought as a blank from a trader many years ago. It was a good quality fur felt and I "fixed her up". I sewed a ribbon around the edge of the 5 inch brim to give it a bound edge. Me and the rattler met one day on the prairie and I talked him out of his skin for the band. I am a manager of a western store and have access to felt hat stiffener and a good steamer. Throw in years of practice shaping and working hats and my $10 blank turned out pretty good. That's about all there is to say about my old hat, Twowalks. Thanks for asking.

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Re: Fort Union Trading Post, ND
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2011, 08:13:50 AM »
The hat was bought as a blank from a trader many years ago. It was a good quality fur felt and I "fixed her up". I sewed a ribbon around the edge of the 5 inch brim to give it a bound edge. Me and the rattler met one day on the prairie and I talked him out of his skin for the band. I am a manager of a western store and have access to felt hat stiffener and a good steamer. Throw in years of practice shaping and working hats and my $10 blank turned out pretty good. That's about all there is to say about my old hat, Twowalks. Thanks for asking.

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Thanks Bill, you done good on that hat.  Every time I find what I want in a hat, the maker wants a down payment for a house.  :).  Guess I am just going to have to learn to finish one off myself.
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Re: Fort Union Trading Post, ND
« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2011, 10:34:33 PM »
TwoWalks, What size hat do you wear and what style did you have in mind? Being in the Western retail business, I might be able to help you out a little. Just a thought, Pard.

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