Fort Pierre Chouteau Site

N of Fort Pierre, Fort Pierre, South Dakota



Perhaps the most significant fur trade/military fort on the western American frontier, Fort Pierre Chouteau was the largest (almost 300' square) and best equipped trading post in the northern Great Plains. Built in 1832 by John Jacob Astor's (1763-1848) American Fur Company as part of its expansion into the Upper Missouri region, the trading activities at the site exemplified the commercial alliance critical to the success of the fur business. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 17, 1991

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 3, 1976
Reference number
Areas of significance
Military; Commerce; Archeology - Non-Aboriginal
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person; A - Event; D - Information Potential
Property type
Historic functions
Fortification; Military facility
Current function
Periods of significance
1825-1849; 1850-1874
Significant years
1832; 1857