Fort Buford State Historic Site/Missouri Yellowstone Interpretive Center

Fort Buford State Historic Site/Missouri Yellowstone Interpretive Center This is a state historical site at the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers.

Fort Buford State Historic Site and The Missouri-Yellowstone Interpretive Center commemorate the historic and scenic importance of the Confluence area. Fort Buford was the most important military post on the northern frontier during the Plains Indian Wars. The Missouri-Yellowstone Interpretive Center commemorates the confluence of two mighty rivers. Things to do at the sites includes:
Permanent &

Temporary Exhibits
Picnic Area and Campgrounds
Walking Trail
Bird Watching
Stone Powder Magazine
Post Cemetary Site
Officer's Quarters building
Museum exhibit and video
Self-guided site tour
Modern facilities on site
Picnic area and campgrounds
Fort Buford Sixth Infantry Frontier Military Encampment

There is an admission fee to view the museum gallaries and to tour Fort Buford

Nature walks, on-site camping and the view is always free.

Come join WAVA this Sunday October 1st from 12pm to 2pm central time at the Missouri Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive...
09/29/2023

Come join WAVA this Sunday October 1st from 12pm to 2pm central time at the Missouri Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center and capture Autumns colors on canvas!

Located at 15349 39th Ln, NW, Williston, ND 58801
For more information call 701.572.9034

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Drive out to the Confluence Center and Fort Buford and enjoy the weath...
08/24/2023

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Drive out to the Confluence Center and Fort Buford and enjoy the weather. The forecast is sunny with temperatures in the 80s. Perfect for walking the trails and touring the buildings.

Sunday afternoon, join us for the History and Nature Lecture Series, which begins at 2:00 pm CT.

Artist and art history enthusiast Jessica Newman of the Long X Arts Foundation will present, β€œArtist George Catlin and the Visual History of Tribal Cultures.” Learn how Catlin invented his own genre and himself as a "new kind of artist," one that cemented his reign as the premier visual chronicler of Native American life and culture.

On this day July 20th 1881 Sitting Bull surrendered to Major David Brotherton at Fort Buford. He was the last of his peo...
07/20/2023

On this day July 20th 1881 Sitting Bull surrendered to Major David Brotherton at Fort Buford. He was the last of his people to surrender as the previous day July 19th 1881 they had surrendered their rifles and horses to the U.S. Army. At about 11:00AM July 20th, 1881 Sitting Bull and Nearly Every Chief and man in his band filed into Major Brotherton's House. Sitting Bull then took a seat at Brotherton's left after which the Major outlined the government's policies to the surrendering Hunkpapas. They were soon to be sent down river to Fort Yates where they would be joined by their kinsman. The Major also assured them they would not be harmed by the military so long as they behaved. Brotherton then invited Sitting Bull to speak which for a long moment was followed by silence from him before he stood up and gave a short speech to his followers that was not interpreted for the onlookers in the room. Then he gestured to his 5 year old son Crow Foot to take up his Wi******er .44 caliber carbine and hand it over to Major Brotherton. As the rifle changed hands from the Crow Foot to Brotherton Sitting Bull spoke to the audience as translated by George Fleury:

"I surrender this rifle to you through my young son, whom I now desire to teach in this manner that he has become a friend of the Americans. I wish him to learn the habits of the whites and to be educated as their sons are educated. I wish it to be remembered that I was the last man of my tribe to surrender my rifle.

This boy has given it to you, and he now wants to know how he is going to make a living. Whatever you you have to give or whatever you have to say I would like to hear now, for I don't wish to be kept in darkness longer. I have sent several messengers in here from time to time, but none of them have returned with news. The other chiefs, Crow King and Gall, have not wanted me to come, and I have never received good news from here.
I now wish to be allowed to live this side of the line or the others, as I see fit. I wish to continue my old life of hunting, but would like to be allowed to trade on both sides of the line. This is my country, and I don't wish to be compelled to give it up. My heart was very sad at having to leave the Grandmother's country. She has been a friend to me, but I want my children to grow up in our native country, and I also wish to feel that I can visit two of my friends on the other side of the line Major Walsh and Captain Macdonell whenever I wish, and would like to trade with Louis Legare, as he has always been a friend to me.
I wish to have all my people live together upon reservation of our own on the Little Missouri. I left several families at Wood Mountain and between there and Qu'Apelle. I have many people among the Yanktonais at Poplar Creek, and I wish all them and those who have gone to Standing Rock to be collected together upon one reservation. My people have many of them all been bad. All are good now, that their arms and ponies have been taken from them.

You own this ground with me and we must try and help each other. I do not wish to leave here until I get all the people I left behind and the Hunkpapas now at Poplar Creek. I would like my daughter, who is now at Fort Yates, sent up here to visit me, as also eight men now there, and I would like to know that Louis Legare is to be rewarded for his services in bringing me and my people in here."

Sitting Bull's words and surrender at Fort Buford would forever change the American West and America as a whole.

Photo of Fort Buford taken by David F. Barry from North Dakota State Heritage Center Archives

Come along this Sunday July 23rd at 2:00PM with us at the Missouri Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center as Daphne ...
07/19/2023

Come along this Sunday July 23rd at 2:00PM with us at the Missouri Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center as Daphne Clark presents "Nature Journaling" as apart of our History and Nature Lecture Series! Learn about the relaxing and therapeutic benefits of this style of journalism! As well as how historical figures such as Lewis and Clark, Prince Maximilian and others have used this style of journalism for scientific studies! Bring along a journal or notebook and writing utensil to join along and participate! A couple of other things to bring are mosquito repellent, sun screen, appropriate foot wear and water.

Missouri Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center Hours 9:00AM-6:00PM CT
Fort Buford Hours 10:00AM-5:30PM CT
Address 15349 39th Ln, NW
Williston ND 58801
For more information please call 701.572.9034

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Nature Journaling start time 2:00PM Central Time

Photo provided by Daphne Clark

Great event at the 1883 Stutsman County Courthouse! Talk with first responders, and check out their vehicles.  If you ar...
07/15/2023

Great event at the 1883 Stutsman County Courthouse! Talk with first responders, and check out their vehicles. If you are in the Jamestown area today, stop over at the Courthouse!

Stop by the 1883 Stutsman County Courthouse State Historic Site and talk to Officers from different agency's.
Get a hot dog and look over the patrol cars.
Sorry no fire trucks.

This Sunday July 16th from 12pm to 2pm come along with WAVA (Williston area visual artists) to do some plein air paintin...
07/14/2023

This Sunday July 16th from 12pm to 2pm come along with WAVA (Williston area visual artists) to do some plein air painting of the confluences many scenic views! Bring along your own art supplies and join them or simply come and watch them paint. A couple things we recommend you bring along are bug spray, sunscreen, water, and weather appropriate clothing.

Missouri Yellowstone Confluence Center hours are 9:00AM to 6:00PM

Fort Buford hours are 10:00am to 5:30PM

For more information please call us at 701.572.9034

Thank you too everyone that came out this Saturday July 8th for the Sixth Infantry's encampment! As well as thank you to...
07/11/2023

Thank you too everyone that came out this Saturday July 8th for the Sixth Infantry's encampment! As well as thank you to members of the Sixth Infantry and Tom Halverson for giving us a window into the past and the lives of soldiers on the frontier at Fort Buford!

Just a reminder this Saturday July 8th, 2023 from 10:00AM to 5:30PM CT at Fort Buford State Historic Site we are hosting...
07/05/2023

Just a reminder this Saturday July 8th, 2023 from 10:00AM to 5:30PM CT at Fort Buford State Historic Site we are hosting the Sixth Infantry's Encampment! Come and see demonstrations of day to day military life in 1876 by living historians in and around the reconstructed barracks! At 1:00PM there will be a demonstration of frontier printing come see how newspapers and documents would have been printed! Then at 2:00PM come and see the rifle and canon demonstration! Other demonstrations and activities to learn about throughout the day include weather station, telegraph, and Signal Corps, cooking demonstrations in the barracks, or bring socks or a t-shirt to the laundresses to discover how the soldier's clothes were washed! There is no fee to visit the Fort Site during the encampment.

For more information please call 701.572.9034

We are located at 15349 39th LN, NW Williston, ND

Encampment hours are 10:00AM - 5:30PM Saturday July 8th

Frontier printing demonstration at 1:00PM

Canon and rifle demonstration at 2:00PM

Missouri Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center is open 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Happy 4th of July!!! The 4th has been celebrated in many different ways throughout history. Some of the ways it was cele...
07/04/2023

Happy 4th of July!!!

The 4th has been celebrated in many different ways throughout history. Some of the ways it was celebrated at Fort Buford have included firing a National salute at 12 Midnight. Having games such as pole climbing, two hundred yard races, sack races, and marksmanship (3 bullets per man). And of course some years such as in 1868 fireworks would be exhibited.

Just a reminder tomorrow at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM central time we have WAVA coming out to the Missouri Yellowstone Conflue...
06/24/2023

Just a reminder tomorrow at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM central time we have WAVA coming out to the Missouri Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center to do some plein air painting of the confluence! Bring your own art supplies and join them in painting the scenic views or come out and watch them paint!

For more information call 701.572.9034

The Missouri Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center hours are 9:00AM-6:00PM

Fort Buford's hours are 10:00AM-5:30PM

06/18/2023

Due to illness we will not have a guide for our group walk today. We will still have a group walk at 11:00 AM central time to see what sites and wildlife we can see!

Good afternoon fellow nature enthusiasts! Just a reminder this Sunday June 18th at 11am we are having a free Confluence ...
06/16/2023

Good afternoon fellow nature enthusiasts! Just a reminder this Sunday June 18th at 11am we are having a free Confluence Trail Walk as part of our History and Nature Lecture Series program!

We recommend bringing sunscreen, bug spray, appropriate footwear and clothing, water, a journal to record details of the walk and binoculars, but they are not required.

The trail consists of asphalt, pavement, grassy areas, and gravel.

The Missouri Yellowstone Confluence Center is open 9:00 AM- 6:00pm

Fort Buford is open 10:00 AM -5:30PM

The Confluence Trail Walk starts at 11:00 AM

All times in central time.

For more information call 701.572.9034

We look forward to you joining us this Sunday for our Confluence Trail Walk!!!

There will be no historical sewing Saturday June 17th do to the Rendezvous taking place at Fort Union. Thank you for you...
06/13/2023

There will be no historical sewing Saturday June 17th do to the Rendezvous taking place at Fort Union.
Thank you for your understanding! We look forward to seeing you on July the 15th for historical sewing.

Happy New Year from the staff at Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center and Fort Buford State Historic Site...
12/30/2022

Happy New Year from the staff at Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center and Fort Buford State Historic Site!

We are closed Saturday and Sunday, December 31, 2022 and January 1, 2023 so time can be spent with family and friends.

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne
We'll drink a cup of kindness yet
For the sake of auld lang syne

Here's to 2023! βŒ›οΈπŸŽŠπŸ•›πŸŽ‰πŸ₯³πŸ₯³

It is a beautiful day at the confluence.  The sun is shining allowing the frost to sparkle and a hint of wood burning st...
12/30/2022

It is a beautiful day at the confluence. The sun is shining allowing the frost to sparkle and a hint of wood burning stoves from the ice houses, both adding a wonderful ambiance to the view.

Nature's art....
12/29/2022

Nature's art....

The Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so staff may enjoy the...
12/23/2022

The Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so staff may enjoy the holiday time with family and friends.

12/22/2022

Due to weather and road conditions, the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center will open at 11:00 today, December 22.

Are you looking for a great career?  Do you enjoy history and visiting with people from all over the world?  We have an ...
12/22/2022

Are you looking for a great career? Do you enjoy history and visiting with people from all over the world? We have an opportunity for you.

A few days yet to apply for the Outreach Coordinator Position at Fort Buford State Historic Site and Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center. Review the position at https://www.omb.nd.gov/team-nd-careers/career-openings
Apply for Job
Job ID3023664

This position closes Friday, December 23, 2022 at 11:59 PM Central Time.

The State of North Dakota provides automatic translation for nd.gov websites, courtesy of Google Translate. Please remember, though, that the English language version is considered the most accurate. In the event of a disagreement or discrepancy between the translation and the original English versi...

It was nice to see the entrance was not completely filled with snow, which, at times, has been entirely filled and five ...
12/18/2022

It was nice to see the entrance was not completely filled with snow, which, at times, has been entirely filled and five to six feet high. The wind blessed us with swirling snow and let enough space at the door to enter the building.

12/17/2022

Good morning everyone! The sky is clear, the sun is shining, and the roads are good in the area. Looks like it is going to be a good day.

The Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center is open today. Ice houses are setting up on both rivers. Come on out this weekend and enjoy the views of Mother Nature.

Pictures to follow.

May everyone be safe and warm.Sounds like the snow fall is ending.  Now it is time for clean-up.19th Century Sewing and ...
12/16/2022

May everyone be safe and warm.

Sounds like the snow fall is ending. Now it is time for clean-up.

19th Century Sewing and Textile arts will not meet tomorrow, Saturday, December 17. The staff will be busy shovelling and piling up snow for the safety of everyone.

Even Mr. Penguin looks like he has had enough.

12/16/2022

For safety of staff and visitors, the Confluence Center is closed today. Blizzard warning is extended until 12 noon CT and no travel is advised statewide. Stay warm and safe.

Due to continuing inclement weather and road conditions, we are closed today, December 15.  We value our staff and visit...
12/15/2022

Due to continuing inclement weather and road conditions, we are closed today, December 15. We value our staff and visitors. If you must travel, please be prepared and aware of changing conditions.

The following infor is from
Williston Herald Media
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Schools are starting to cancel again, more snow is expected throughout the day.

The Missouri - Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center is closed today, Wednesday, December 14, 2022.  All roads in N...
12/14/2022

The Missouri - Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center is closed today, Wednesday, December 14, 2022. All roads in North Dakota are, "No travel advised." Snow fall chances increase to 85% towards mid-day and into the evening, along with wind. Be prepared and safe if you must venture out

Take advantage of the pleasant December weather and come on out to the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Cent...
12/10/2022

Take advantage of the pleasant December weather and come on out to the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center tomorrow.

Spend the day relaxing and enjoying holiday melodies and other popular tunes performed by the Jore Family beginning at 2:00 pm CT. For the kids and young at heart, a reading of, "The Night Before Christmas," will follow the performance, with a special treat for the kids.

Take a walk along the trails. A chance to unwind and take in the views of the confluence area. Leashed pets are welcome on the trail.

For more information, please contact the Confluence Center at 701.572.9034

Photos taken Wednesday, December 7

Join us for some Christmas Joy on Sunday, December 11 beginning at 2:00 pm CT.The Jore Family will perform Christmas mus...
12/07/2022

Join us for some Christmas Joy on Sunday, December 11 beginning at 2:00 pm CT.

The Jore Family will perform Christmas music, along with other popular tunes. A reading of the classic, "A Visit of St. Nicholas," otherwise known as, "The Night Before Christmas," will follow their performance. Children will receive a special treat.

The event is free and refreshments will be available. For more information please contact us at 701.572.9034

A shout out to the Williams County DOT who graciously cleared our parking lot this morning.  Thank you for all the work ...
12/07/2022

A shout out to the Williams County DOT who graciously cleared our parking lot this morning. Thank you for all the work you do. It is appreciated.

We would like to thank the family of the late Arch Ellwein for their generous donation to the site.  The donation is ear...
11/27/2022

We would like to thank the family of the late Arch Ellwein for their generous donation to the site. The donation is earmarked to purchase books for the research library.

The Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center will be closed for Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday, No...
11/23/2022

The Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center will be closed for Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday, November 24-25, so the staff can spend this time with family and friends. Remember that there are always many things to be thankful for.

11/10/2022

Morning everyone. Due to the weather and road conditions, the Confluence Center is closed today. Be safe out there if you must travel.

10/31/2022

Thank you to everyone who attended the Ghost Walk and to the volunteers and staff who helped make it happen. May you all have a wonderful day and don't eat too much candy! Or, you could end up like one of these guys...

It is time for the Ghost Walk!Saturday, October 22, 2022.The tours begin at 6:30 pm CT with the last tour at 7:45 pm.  G...
10/17/2022

It is time for the Ghost Walk!

Saturday, October 22, 2022.

The tours begin at 6:30 pm CT with the last tour at 7:45 pm. Ghosts will be at the Cemetery with a few who wandered over to the barracks.

The event is free and family friendly.

Candy and warm drinks available in the mess hall.

The forecast is partly cloudy with a high of 66, breezy. A pleasant day for this time of year. Remember to dress for chilly weather as when the sun goes down, so do the temperatures. You may want to bring a flashlight. The moon sets at 6:07 pm, it will be dark.

Looking forward to the evening to see which ghost show their presence... πŸ‘» πŸ‘€!! πŸͺ¦

19th Century Sewing, Textile Arts, and Projects.Saturday, October 15, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.Sunday is available for those wh...
10/13/2022

19th Century Sewing, Textile Arts, and Projects.
Saturday, October 15, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Sunday is available for those who may want to extend their work another day.

This month is quickly flying by and 19th C. Sewing is this weekend!
Bring your projects, lunch, friends who may be interested.

At September's gathering, a couple of the participants brought their spinning wheels. It just happened to be, "National Spinning in Public Day." It was a beautiful afternoon, so, they carried their spinning wheels out onto the terrace to enjoy the view and had the opportunity to share their craft with visitors.

This event is open to everyone, no matter your skill level, and there always someone available to assist and teach you the skills. There is an extra sewing machine available for use.

Guys, you are welcome to bring your 19th Century projects out too.

A red-sided garter snake was spotted near the doorway this afternoon. It is one of 2 species of garter snakes in North D...
10/09/2022

A red-sided garter snake was spotted near the doorway this afternoon. It is one of 2 species of garter snakes in North Dakota, the other being the plains garter snake. Their diet consists mainly of amphibians and earthworms, but also fish, small birds, and rodents. Most only grow to be around 3 feet long or less. The red-sided garter snake is not as cold resistant as the plains garter snake, and stays in hibernation for more days during the colder months.
Jesse L.

It is another beautiful day at the Missouri-Yellowstone confluence Interpretive Center.  A banded Wooly Bear caterpillar...
10/06/2022

It is another beautiful day at the Missouri-Yellowstone confluence Interpretive Center. A banded Wooly Bear caterpillar is in front of the rotunda doors taking advantage of today's sunshine.

While researching what type of caterpillar this is, I stumbled across a May 2022 story at the on-line Farmer's Alamac. Legend says, "a wider band indicates a mild winter; small or mixed bands indicate a harsh winter." As you can see, the band on this Wooly Bear is somewhere in between. The research is not conclusive. Some scientists say this is true for the coming winter. Some say it reflects the previous winter, and others say there is no truth to any of the legend.

We can keep this in mind and test the legend this coming winter.

Pleasant Day Everyone!Fall is in the air.  Temperatures fluctuating.  The leaves are beginning to change color.  Come on...
10/01/2022

Pleasant Day Everyone!

Fall is in the air. Temperatures fluctuating. The leaves are beginning to change color. Come on out for a leisurely stroll and enjoy the fall season and maybe see some wildlife.

MYCIC and Fort Buford had an opportunity to be open daily for September. The staff greeted approximately 1,400 visitors.

Fort Buford is now closed for the winter season.

The winter hours for the Confluence Center are:
Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm CT
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm CT
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Thank you to all of the visitors who stopped by this summer.

These museum quality replica trade guns were made here at Fort Buford State Historic by Site Supervisor Joseph A.Garcia....
07/09/2022

These museum quality replica trade guns were made here at Fort Buford State Historic by Site Supervisor Joseph A.Garcia. This is a wonderful example of how the State Historic Sites of North Dakota can work together.

06/21/2022

The Sitting Bull Robe Saga: Exploring the Lifecycle of an International Loan During a Pandemic

Part of museum work is loaning objects to other institutions. The State Museum currently has 22 active loans, most of which are in-state and straightforward. But when an international border and a pandemic are involved, the situation can get a bit more complicated. Here’s what happened when an art gallery in Canada requested a rare artifact for an exhibit a few years back.

Read the full blog article at https://blog.statemuseum.nd.gov/blog/sitting-bull-robe-saga

MacKenzie Art Gallery
North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

Take advantage of the good weather and stroll along the MYCIC walking trail.  Bring along your binoculars to more closel...
06/20/2022

Take advantage of the good weather and stroll along the MYCIC walking trail. Bring along your binoculars to more closely see all of the different wildlife, or just enjoy it as you experience the beauty of a North Dakota day.

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15349 39th Lane NW
Williston, ND
58801

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 6pm
Tuesday 9am - 6pm
Wednesday 9am - 6pm
Thursday 9am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 6pm
Sunday 9am - 6pm

Telephone

+17015729034

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