Museum of the Fur Trade

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Agriculture & Ranching Commerce, Economy & Work Native American History

The trading post, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, at the Museum of the Fur Trade.

Photo by: Napa/Wikimedia | CC-BY-SA-3.0

The Museum of the Fur Trade, 3 miles east of Chadron, Nebraska, is located within the reconstructed Bordeaux Trading Post, a site originally erected in 1837 by James Bordeaux and used by the American Fur Company. The museum’s collection offers thousands of historical artifacts that interpret the history of the American Fur Company and the commerce between Native Americans and European American traders in the West. Additionally, the museum maintains a garden throughout the summer season that cultivates crops of the Indigenous peoples of the Missouri Valley from seed stock originally obtained over 125 years ago. For more information, visit


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