Historic Fort Snelling
Minnesota Historical Society
200 Tower Avenue, Fort Snelling History Center, St. Paul MN 55111
The fort continued to be a presence for both the native population, settlers, and the US government for another 125 years. During the Civil War, Minnesota used the fort to train volunteers that wanted to join the Union Army. The Fort was also used as a supply base for the Dakota Territory and a training center for soldiers assigned to the Indian Campaigns, the Spanish American War, and World Wars I and II.
During World War II, Fort Snelling processed over 300,000 inductees. The fort was decommissioned at the end of the war in 1945 and given to the Veterans Administration. A few years later freeway construction threatened the future of Fort Snelling. After many more years of debate, the fort was designated in 1960 as Minnesota's first National Historic Landmark. Since then, Historic Fort Snelling has been rebuilt and maintained by both private and public funding and is managed by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Because the Mississippi and its tributaries offered a natural transportation route for movement of people and goods, the junctions of these rivers (confluences) were important places. To the Dakota, this sacred place was the center of the world. To Europeans, it was a strategic location capable of monitoring and controlling a majority of river traffic in the Upper Mississippi River Watershed.
Activities: Take a tour of the Fort and look into Minnesota's past and discover the significance and impact Fort Snelling had on the surrounding area.
Hours and Fees: This is a fee area. Check Historic Fort Snelling's website for hours, entry fees, and other information.
Contact Information: Call the Historic Fort at 612-726-1171, or visit their website.
Did You Know?
At the headwaters of the Mississippi, the average surface speed of the water is 1.2 miles per hour. People typically walk 3 miles per hour.