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Fort Ridgely State Historic Site

72404 County Road 30, Fairfax, MN 55332, USA

A Federal military fort, Fort Ridgely was established in 1853 to provide a military presence along the upper Minnesota River, between the line of settlement and the Dakota (Sioux) reservation system further upriver. A training facility for state forces during the Civil War, the fort came under direct attack twice during the U.S.-Dakota War in August 1862. The fort held, and it became a staging ground for punitive expeditions against the Dakota over the next three years.


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From I-90 across southern Minnesota, take State Highway 15 north to New Ulm (50 miles) on the Minnesota River and continue to County Road 5 (just north of the Minnesota River). Take County Road 5 northwest following the Minnesota River all the way to Fort Ridgely State Park, approximately 15 miles. The historic fort is located within the state park.

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, handicapped access, gift shop, museum, camping, trails, horseback riding, golf course, fishing

Available Interpretation

interpretive exhibits, building markers

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Admission Fee

Adults $5.00, seniors/students/children $3.00, free for children under 5 and MHS members.


Memorial Day-Labor Day: Thursday-Sunday: 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.



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