Near Fairfax in Nicollet County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
This original log powder magazine, and another one similar to it, stood across the road in front of you when Fort Ridgely was an active military post. These buildings were used for storing ammunition and unused weapons. During the 1862 battles, a detail of soldiers left the security of the fort's main square and crept out here to successfully retrieve supplies from the magazines.
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 27.247′ N, 94° 44.111′ W. Marker is near Fairfax, Minnesota, in Nicollet County. Marker can be reached from County Highway 30 1.1 miles west of State Highway 4, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in Fort Ridgely State Park; fee area – a Minnesota state park vehicle permit is required. Marker is at or near this postal address: 72404 County State Aid Highway 30, Fairfax MN 55332, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Ridgely (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Ridgely Closes Log Buildings (about 300 feet away); Camp Women (about 300 feet away); A Minority in Their Homeland / U.S.-Dakota Conflict (about 300 feet away); Who Lived in the Barracks? (about 300 feet away); This Fort Had a Purpose (about 300 feet away); Four Days From Fort Snelling (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fairfax.
Also see . . .
1. Magazine (artillery). Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on February 14, 2014.)
2. Fort Ridgely State Park. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. (Submitted on February 14, 2014.)
3. Autobiography of Capt. Richard W. Musgrove. Page 161; Fort Ridgely. "...the magazine, strange as it may seem, was still farther removed from the center, being perhaps twenty rods out on the prairie at the northwest — a safe position in case of fire in the fort, but in a dangerous place in case of attack." (Submitted on February 15, 2014.)
Additional keywords. U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 306 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.