Fort Ridgely

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Introduction

Fort Ridgely was built in 1853 as a U.S. military outpost and later served as training ground for Civil War recruits. It was attacked twice during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. A visitor center and the remains of the fort can be explored. The site is located within Fort Ridgely State Park off state Highway 4, seven miles south of Fairfax. Fort Ridgely is managed by the Nicollet County Historical Society.

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Fort Ridgely Images

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Fort Ridgely building foundations

Photo by John Cross, courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

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Fort Ridgely monument, marking the two battles fought at the site during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

Photo by John Cross, courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

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U.S. Ninth Infantry at Fort Ridgely, 1912

U.S. Ninth Infantry at Fort Ridgely, 1912

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