Fort Buford Interpretive Center


Fort Buford was one of a number of military posts established in the Dakota Territory to protect travelers and the Great Northern Railway survey and construction crews from attacks by the Sioux Indians. Built in 1866, Fort Buford underwent two expansions before being abandoned in 1895 as too dilapidated to repair. Three original buildings are still standing: the stone powder magazine; a wood-frame officer of the guard building; and the wood-frame officers' quarters, now housing a museum. The nearby Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center includes an award-winning video about the role of Fort Buford in the history of North Dakota.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Fort Buford is probably best known as the place where the famous Sioux leader, Sitting Bull, surrendered in 1881.