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. 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.


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