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Historic Fort Snelling

Fort Snelling State Park, 101 Snelling Lake road, West St. Paul, MN 55111, USA

By 1851, treaties had opened much of the new Territory of Minnesota to settlement and pushed the frontier farther west. Newer Forts Ridgely, Ripley and Abercrombie took over frontier duties while Fort Snelling was demoted to a supply depot. In 1858, the year Minnesota became a state, the fort was sold to a land developer and platted as a town site. Plans for the city of Fort Snelling were abandoned, however, with the outbreak of the Civil War. Between 1861 and 1865, Minnesota expanded the fort as a training center for thousands of volunteers who joined the Union Army. After the war, the regular Army returned. Fort Snelling became headquarters and a supply base for the military Department of Dakota, which extended from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains. Regulars from Fort Snelling served in the Indian campaigns and in the Spanish-American War of 1898.


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At the junction of Minnesota Highways 5 and 55, one mile east of the Twin Cities International Airport

Visitor Services

Visitor Center with exhibits, gift shop, rest facilities, orientation film, handicapped accessible.

Regular Events

Daily living history program focuses on early-mid 19th century life at Historic Fort. Special events include: World War II weekend each June, Fourth of July celebration, Civil War Weekend in August.

Available Interpretation

Costumed 3rd person interpretation of 19th century MN history

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee

Adults $11.00, seniors/college students $9.00, children $6.00, children under 5 free


Memorial Day - Labor Day: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00AM - 5:00PM, Sunday 12:00PM - 5:00PM; September and October: Saturday 10:00AM - 5:00PM



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