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Fort Ridgely, Fairfax

Must see · Historic Site · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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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  • We like to visit state parks and walk the Hiking Club trail. This trail had some beautiful flowers and trees. We saw a plum tree and ate its fruit, a fawn, wild flowers, and grouse. Reading about the....  more »
  • We only had about an hour or so to spend there, but it was an interesting site with a lot of information about life at the old fort and the Indian war. Saw a large turtle laying eggs along one of the....  more »
  • Being from out west when you go to frontier forts you kind of expect more then foundations for a $7.00 entrance fee. In addition they want another $5.00 to go. In the museum. Fortunately it was on my....  more »
  • Nice park. EZ yet rewarding trails. Cool little museum and old fort ruins. Trails right from the nice spacious campground. Creek is beautiful and runs right alone the campground.
  • Great park. Camping by the running water is so relaxing
  • Sad history but very informative. Nice hosts too!
  • This a great historic site. I learned a lot. The staff was very friendly. I will definitely be back.
  • Good history lesson.

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