National Historic Site
Two States: MT,ND
Between 1828 and 1867, Fort Union was the most important fur trade post on the Upper Missouri River. Here, the Assiniboine and six other Northern Plains Indian Tribes exchanged buffalo robes and smaller furs for goods from around the world, including cloth, guns, blankets, and beads. A bastion of peaceful coexistence, the post annually traded over 25,000 buffalo robes and $100,000 in merchandise.
National Historic Site
Earthlodge people hunted bison and other game, but were in essence farmers living in villages along the Missouri and its tributaries. The site was a major Native American trade center for hundreds of years prior to becoming an important market place for fur traders after 1750.
National Historic Trail
Eleven States: ID,IL,IA,KS,MO,MT,NE,ND,OR,SD,WA
Between May 1804 and September 1806, 31 men, one woman, and a baby traveled from the plains of the Midwest to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. They called themselves the Corps of Discovery. In their search for a water route to the Pacific Ocean, they opened a window into the west for the young United States. Read the Lewis and Clark Pups blog, the Newfie News!
National Scenic Trail
Seven States-New York to North Dakota MI,MN,ND,NY,OH,PA,WI
Come to the North Country. Trek the hills and valleys. Lakes and streams remain from glaciers 10,000 years before. Here you’ll find clear-flowing water, the red and gold of autumn, a fairyland of snow, wide open prairies, and distant horizons. Historic sites along the way tell the story of how America settled and grew as a nation. From New York to North Dakota, you're never far from adventure.
Medora, ND (South Unit). The North Unit is located 15 miles south of Watford City, ND
When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883, he was a skinny, young, spectacled dude from New York. He could not have imagined how his adventure in this remote and unfamiliar place would forever alter the course of the nation. The rugged landscape and strenuous life that TR experienced here would help shape a conservation policy that we still benefit from today.
By The Numbers
- 3 National Parks
- 764,047 Visitors to National Parks
- $45,600,000 Economic Benefit from National Park Tourism »
- $55,377,527 of Rehabilitation Projects Stimulated by Tax Incentives (since 1995) »
- $38,233,201 of Land & Water Conservation Fund Appropriated for Projects (since 1965) »
- $20,551,934 in Historic Preservation Grants (since 1969) »
- 7 Certified Local Governments »
- 6 Community Conservation & Recreation Projects (since 1987) »
- 155 Acres Transferred by Federal Lands to Parks for Local Parks and Recreation (since 1948) »
- 15,943 Hours Donated by Volunteers »
- 1 National Heritage Area »
- 2 National Trails Managed by NPS »
- 448 National Register of Historic Places Listings »
- 7 National Historic Landmarks »
- 4 National Natural Landmarks »
- 135 Places Recorded by Heritage Documentation Programs »
- 794,860 Objects in National Park Museum Collections »
- 398 Archeological Sites in National Parks »
- 2 Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans »
- 4 Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries »
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These numbers are just a sample of the National Park Service's work. Figures are for the fiscal year that ended 9/30/2017.