Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation Part 1

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Fort Buford was established at the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers in the late 1860s, where it served a major role in the Great Sioux War.  Life at the fort was typical of similar forts throughout the plains in the second half of the 19th century.

Isolated in the Midwestern prairie in Dakota Territory, Fort Buford served as a supply and trading post for the U.S. Army at the confluence of two major upper plains rivers. Rivers were a primary means of transportation at the time, enabling Fort Buford to serve as a supply post during the Great Sioux War.



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Producer

Bob Dambach, Gerald Newborg (Producers); D. Geck, R. Cadwell, T. Jensen, L. Wested, R. Hamner, H. Deutscher, T. Haugen, S. Gebeke (Videographers).

Source

Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation [Documentary]. USA: Prairie Public Broadcasting (2003).

Grade Level

2 - 8

Subject Matter

Social Studies, Science

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  1. Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation Part 2
    Video: An examination of the lives of women at Fort Buford.
  2. Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation Part 3
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    What was it like to be a private at Fort Buford in the late 1800s?

  3. Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation Part 4
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    Surgeons’ records at Fort Buford provide another perspective of life at the fort.

  4. Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation Part 5
    Video: Crime and punishment was part of life at Fort Buford.
  5. Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation Part 6
    Video: The fort traders complex was one of the most popular places of the fort.
  6. Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation Part 7
    Video: The letters from the commanders at Fort Buford reveal another side of life at the fort.