Front Gate

Front Gate (HM2NDP)

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N 47° 59.933', W 104° 2.443'

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Visitors entering the Fort from the river side had to pass through outer and inner gates separated by an enclosed area with access to the Indian Trade Room. When the outer gate was closed, trading could be carried on through a wicket (or window) just to the left of the entrance.
The configuration of this area provided security during periods of hostilities and when the threat of smallpox was present. It also permitted separating unfriendly Indian groups from each other when they came to Fort Union to trade.
A giant fur press was located near the front gate. This hug device compressed furs into 100 pound bales for shipment to St. Louis.
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 571559 N 5316621
Decimal Degrees47.99888333, -104.04071667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 59.933', W 104° 2.443'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 59' 55.98" N, 104° 2' 26.58" W
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