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Fort Buford State Historic Site

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To allow for proper social distancing, sites will operate at reduced capacity. Touchable exhibit components will remain closed, and site tours may be limited for visitor and staff safety. The agency would also like to remind visitors to follow the CDC's recommendations on social distancing and personal hygiene while visiting state historic sites. See our guidelines for visiting.

Fort Buford State Historic Site preserves remnants of a vital frontier plains military post. Fort Buford was built in 1866 near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers, and became a major supply depot for military field operations. Original features still existing on the site include a stone powder magazine, the post cemetery site, and a large officers' quarters building which now houses a museum.

Fort Buford, located near present-day Williston, was one of a number of military posts established to protect overland and river routes used by immigrants settling the West. While it served an essential role as the sentinel on the northern plains for twenty-nine years, it is probably best remembered as the place where the famous Hunkpapa Sioux leader, Sitting Bull, surrendered in 1881.

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Address:
15349 39th Lane Northwest,
Williston, ND 58801
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Hours:
Closed until spring.
Site grounds with outdoor interpretive signs open year-round

Contact Fort Buford:
phone: 701.572.9034
fax: 701.572.6509
email: shsbuford@nd.gov

Contact SHSND:
phone: 701.328.2666
fax: 701.328.3710
email: history@nd.gov