This was an unexpected joy to find. Fortunately there many more joys than disappointments such as yesterday's Starbuck Minnesota stop for example, during our tour of the Great Plains weird and unusual things to see. Dug into the side of a hill as you can see, inside it was quite cool and pleasant. Outside it was not on this day. I imagine in the winter it was easy to keep warm in this below ground level abode. Inside on the entire length of the back wall were shelves and a few goods, then in front of that the counter. Unfortunately all of this was behind a glass window so the photos were blown out with the flash. It was too dark for pictures without flash. To the far right hand side end of the building were the living quarters - a bed, table, stove and fire place. I assume James Bordeaux lived in the trading post itself and not in another house of some sort nearby.
It was easy to just stand outside and gaze across the prairie grasslands and imagine yourself back in the mid-1800's and think this is how it was.