Did you mean?Try your search again
Once the high plains were serviced by the great highway of the Missouri River. From St. Louis, steamboats would push there way against the current striving ever to reach further to the west, to outreach their competitors in the hunt for furs. Here at Fort Union, the race ended. For beyond here, was the land of the Blackfeet. A powerful tribe that jealously held on to their own territory, pushing interlopers out or killing them on the spot. It was here that the Upper Missouri Company formed to trade with the Blackfeet and other tribes for their furs, bringing the valuable pelts into the American market and sending manufactured goods into the native communities.
Written Oct 16, 2006
Address: 15550 Hwy 1804. Williston, ND 58801
Phone: 701 572 9083
Williston was literally built by the railroad. Athough the town now depends much less on the railroad than it did in historic times, the trains and tracks across these lonely high plains are still an important part of the lore and economy of the town.
Between the railroad depot and the downtown area visitors will see this vintage engine from the Great Northern Railway. It is a symbolic reminder of Williston's proud heritage.
Updated Sep 1, 2006
Williston is a primary stop for one of Amtrak's most legendary trains, the Empire Builder, which crosses America's northern tier from Chicago to Seattle and Portland. Two passenger trains pass through Williston every day - one going east and the other west. Fortunately for the people of Williston, and those who want to travel there, the Williston stops are during daylight hours.
Karen and I have taken the train through Williston twice. The stop there has given us just enough time to get out, stretch our legs a bit, and take a very hurried glimpse of the town.
Updated Aug 1, 2007
Favorite thing: I visited Williston, ND in December of 2006. I thought for sure I would freese to death. After all, I was coming from sunny SoCal! Boy was I pleasantly suprised. We arrived during a very mild time of that month. Had a wonderful time. Only 2 days of snow, but it was the fun fluffy kind. Just blanketed the whole area and made it more beautiful than before.
Here is a sample of some of the pictures I was honored to experience.
Updated May 29, 2007