Summer 2017, Day 10: Fort Union Trading Post NHS

I’m starting to get used to this:

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Another beautiful morning in North Dakota:

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Trish passes the driving time crocheting.  It has been water bottle holders lately:

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Since last night’s visit to Theodore Roosevelt National Park was after the visitor center was closed, our first stop of the day was at the visitor center to complete the Junior Ranger program.  When we arrived, our TPMS started beeping, so Trish and the kids went to the visitor center while I looked for the problem.  Turns out we ran over a screw at some point.  I pulled it out and plugged the tire:

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We headed north to visit Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site on the North Dakota / Montana border.  The fort was built in 1828 to facilitate trade with Native Americans for Buffalo Robes, used for everything from bedding and clothing to belts for industrial machinery.  Between 1928 and 1867, the fort received an average of 25,000 buffalo robes per year.  Decimation of the buffalo herds and western migration of settlers rendered the fort obsolete by the late 1860s and it was dismantled.   The fort was reconstructed in the 1980s:

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Park staff did a live fire demonstration of a period rifle:

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All sorts of goods were available to the Native Americans for purchase in exchange for the buffalo robes they brought for trade:

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We continued west and south to BLM land near Glendive, Montana for Shabbos.  I was thrilled to get back to true dispersed camping:

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They don’t call it big sky country for nothing:

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M and I drove the truck around the area:

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B flew one of our kites:

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Good Shabbos from Glendive, Montana!  See the alternating light blue line on the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2017, Day 9: Fort Mandan, Knife River Indian Villages NHS, Dakota Gasification, Teddy Roosevelt NP
Summer 2017, Day 12: Pompey’s Pillar NM

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