After 22 years managing Fort Union Trading Post, Andy Banta has announced his retirement as of May 31.
Andy began his 41+ year career as a volunteer Park Ranger at Grand Canyon National Park, and made stops at Rocky Mountain National Park, Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Badlands National Park, and Fossil Butte National Monument. His work included natural resource management, law enforcement, and interpretation prior to becoming the Superintendent at Fort Union.
While it is unusual for a park manager to remain in one park for this long, Andy attributes his tenure here to the outstanding park staff and positive community support. The partial reconstruction and the ongoing success of Fort Union Trading Post is the result of community efforts. Of special note are the Friends of Fort Union and Fort Buford, The Fort Union Cooperative Association, The Fort Union Muzzle Loader Association, The Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau, The City of Williston, and North Dakota Tourism
Andy and his wife Mary plan to remain in North Dakota to stay close to children and grandchildren.
For more information about Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/fous. The park is also on social media! “Like” us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FortUnionTradingPostNHS/