Fort Ridgely

American flag on pole in front of stone fort.

Scene of Civil War & US-Dakota War history

American flag on pole in front of stone fort.

Scene of Civil War & US-Dakota War history

From police station to Civil War training grounds to site of a siege during the US-Dakota War, Fort Ridgely witnessed the tumultuous history of 1800s Minnesota.

This site is located within Fort Ridgely State Park and is managed by the Nicollet County Historical Society. Free admission for MNHS and NCHS members.

A couple look into a display case showing a model replica of the fort buildings.

What to see and do

A monument with a pile of rocks in the foreground.

Explore the ruins of this once thriving 1853 military outpost and learn more about its role in the US-Dakota War. Visit exhibits inside the restored commissary, and explore the parade grounds.


Visit the MNHS calendar for upcoming programs and events.

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