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Monday, September 23, 2013

On to Glasgow,MT and Forts Buford and Union,ND

22 September 2013

After spending 3 nights in Minot at the Roughrider RV Park, we departed today for Glasgow MT and the Cottonwood RV Park next to the motel. Would recommend both parks for a short stay. While in Minot we only went to the Air Force Base commissary for grocery shopping. We did not stay here as they do not take reservations and only have 6 slots. Besides it is 20 miles from town and not convenient to hop on Hwy 2.
Welcome Sign

View of Campground

All the RV parks in northern ND are crowded with oil and construction workers and their families. As you know this area is booming and the unemployment rate in ND is 4.5% or less. I've been told that many of the businesses and RV parks especially in Williston are gouging the workers. In driving down Hwy 2 to Williston we passed many oil wells, lodging parks and facilities and numerous cell towers. Some of the RV parks are not well maintained and seedy looking. There are modular housing areas and some that appear to have been converted from shipping containers. On entering Montana, the oil wells are few as are the cell towers. This part of Montana not near as scenic as the southern part. Mostly prairie.
Oil Wells on Hwy 2 ND

More of the same

And Even More

Modular Housing

Oil Train

Call for Work

On the way to Glasgow we stopped at two fort sites, Forts Buford and Union on the ND and MT lines. In fact the parking lot for Fort Union is in Montana. Lots of road construction enroute.

Fort Buford sits at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers and was established in 1866 and abandoned in 1895.
Confluence Sign

Visitor Center

Confluence of the rivers

Purpose of the fort was to police the international boundaries, guard railroad construction crews and provide escorts for steamers and wagon trains. The  fort's surgeon was among those that died at Little Big Horn. Sitting Bull was returned here in 1881 and later remanded to Fort Randall in SD. There are three original buildings and a reconstructed barracks. There is signage for the destroyed buildings. A cemetery is near by. Across from the fort is the Confluence Center.
Diagram of Fort Buford in 1866

Park Sign

Reconstructed Barracks

Field Officers Quarters

Guard on Duty Post


Picture of Officers Row

Post Cemetery

Fort Union was the most important fur trading post on the upper Missouri River between 1828 to 1867. It was a center for peaceful economic and social exchange between the Plains Indian and the white people. Buildings today have been reconstructed on exact location and those not rebuilt are indicated by timber outlines. Buildings reconstructed include the Bourgeois House, home of the Field Agent, Northeast and Southwest Bastions, Blacksmith Shop, Palisade walls and Indian Trade House and office. In its heyday it employed up to 100 people. A craftsman or workman received $250/yr, an assistant $120,hunter $400, an interpreter $500. All employees received room and board.
Welcome Sign

Fort Union Sign

Southwest Bastion

Indian Trade House

Signage for Bourgeois House

Bourgeois House

Westside Trade Office

Scale Model of Fort

Clerk's Office


The fort was built on Assiniboine land and their presence was always a reminder of this. The fort also attracted around 8 other tribes for trading, some traveling as much as 600 miles. Many of the white traders took Indian women for their wives which helped to cement relations between the groups. By the 1850's many second generation fur trade employees were of mixed blood descent. The traders did not try to restrict the Indian way of life and force them onto reservations. During the Civil War the balance shifted when vast numbers of whites began moving west forcing traders out of business and restricting tribes to reservations.
In 1867 the government bought Fort Union, dismantled it to expand Fort Buford.

Upon arrival at Cottonwood RV Park on Hwy 2 in Glasgow, MT we were quite pleased with campground. Full hookups, large pull thru sites (ours is 100ft), laundry, access to indoor swimming pool in motel. Think more motels should have RV spots for the short term stay. Would stay here again. We leave for Great Falls,MT on Tuesday for 3 nights. Then Missoula 2nts, Spokane 2 nts and finally arriving back in Oregon at Hope and family on the 1st October.
Site 22 Cottonwood RV Park

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