Magazine article Sunset

Exploring Karl Bodmer's Montana

Magazine article Sunset

Exploring Karl Bodmer's Montana

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Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site. The trading post has been restored to look as it did in the 1850s, 20 years after Bodmer's visit. But exhibits and (in summer) living-history programs still do a fine job of explaining the fur trader's life Bodmer would have encountered here. Guided walks to the Bodmer overlook, the point where he painted his view of the fort, can be arranged.

The nearest motels are in Culbertson, Montana, and Williston, North Dakota. Fort Union is on State 1804, 25 miles southeast of Culbertson, Montana; (701) 572-9083.

Missouri Breaks National Back Country Byway. Between the western end of C. M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and Winifred, Montana, the 81-mile loop offers the driver the best views of the Missouri River as Bodmer might have seen it. Ordinary passenger cars can navigate most of the byway, but high-clearance vehicles are recommended for some stretches. For brochures and maps: Bureau of Land Management's Judith Field Office, Box 1160, Lewistown, MT59457; (406) 538-7461. …

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