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Fort Ridgely, Fairfax

4.8
#88 of 173 in Museums in Minnesota
Built in 1853 as a police station to keep peace as settlers poured into the former Dakota lands, it withstood several attacks in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and became a training ground for Civil War recruits.

The site is located within Fort Ridgely State Park and is managed by the Nicollet County Historical Society.
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  • When you arrive at Fort Ridgely, the first thing you see is the fort which has been turned into a museum and visitor center. But when you walk around the property, you notice the foundations from long...  more »
  • We don’t live too far away but never been there...today was the day we decided to go check it out! Yesterday was free admission at all state parks but there was record rainfall in the area yesterday a...  more »
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  • Very friendly and helpful staff. Good mix of signs giving great details about Fort life and relics from that time period. It has a surprisingly large gun collection (including one cannon), so that's an added bonus for people who are into historic weapons.
  • Fascinating historical place that no one talks about. You can still smell the gunpowder in the air and hear the war cries all around as you walk the fields. If you are from MN, you must go to see this fort!

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