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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2012 8:48 p.m. PST

The Largest Trading Post on the Great Plains


"In the 1820's, John Jacob Astor, head of the American Fur Company, decided to expand his operations into the Upper Missouri River region. In 1832, Pierre Chouteau, Jr. established Fort Pierre Chouteau to replace nearby Fort Tecumseh. Within no time, Fort Pierre Chouteau became the most strategic post in the Western Department of the American Fur Company. Located halfway between the headquarters at St. Louis and the northernmost posts in North Dakota and Montana, Fort Pierre Chouteau was the logical place for American Fur Company officials to gather and discuss company business…"
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That's a big fort of 300 feet long!

Hope you enjoy!.


beartooth Inactive Member18 Dec 2012 8:18 a.m. PST

That's interesting: appears to have two gates, both of which lead directly into the main body of the fort. Not at all the usual trading post system.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2012 11:05 a.m. PST

Glad you had enjoy it my friend!.


jdginaz19 Dec 2012 11:59 a.m. PST

Looks like the second gate leads into a livestock holding area blocked off from the main are by the buildings.

Nasty Canasta Inactive Member22 Dec 2012 8:31 p.m. PST

Generally stockaded fortifications had separate entryways for employees and mechanics. In this case general goods would have been delivered into the main gate (center), and mechanics (wheelwrights, farriers, gunsmiths, etc.(, would have accessed the gates to the right.

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