Gravel Pits

Gravel Pits (HM2NE5)

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N 47° 59.949', W 104° 2.578'

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River banks here are underplayed with a stable base of gravel. This was important to the American Fur Company when it selected this site to build Fort Union because its presence stabilized the riverbank from erosion and kept down mud.
Gravel is rare in this area and the commercial value of the deposits almost caused the Fort's destruction in more recent times. Quarrying scarred the landscape until it was halted when this land was acquired in trust by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. The Historical Society held the land while the community and Congress set about establishing Fort Union as a national historic site.
HM NumberHM2NE5
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 571391 N 5316648
Decimal Degrees47.99915000, -104.04296667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 59.949', W 104° 2.578'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 59' 56.94" N, 104° 2' 34.68" W
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