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Fort Ridgely, Fairfax

#46 of 76 in Historic Sites in Minnesota
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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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  • Parks hiking trails are not well defined- several areas closed. This is not the same state park I took my children to when they were young. The bathrooms are closed - the satellite toilets were...  more »
  • We stayed here for a weekend of camping and hiking and enjoyed it. The campground is not overly large but it's clean and sites are large, with a nice mix of trees for privacy and open area to give...  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
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