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Near Richfield in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

U.S. Army, Buildings 17 and 18

 
 
U.S. Army, Buildings 17 and 18 Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 14, 2014
1. U.S. Army, Buildings 17 and 18 Marker
Inscription. Built in 1904-05 by the U.S. Army, Buildings 17 and 18 were constructed as double barracks to house cavalry troops. By 1911 the cavalry had left Fort Snelling, but the buildings continued to house troops through the early 1940s as the post grew in size. By the mid-1940s, Military Intelligence Service Language School students, most of whom were second-generation Japanese Americans studying to become interpreters and translators, were quartered in the buildings.

After the post was deactivated in 1946, the Veterans Administration (VA) converted Buildings 17 and 18 into an outpatient clinic. The two-story porches were removed and a connecting link between the buildings was added. The facility handled more than 60,000 patients each year. The buildings have been vacant since the VA moved out in the mid-1980s.

Recent work on the structures, using State of Minnesota funds, has included asbestos abatement, exterior brick tuck-pointing, repair of the infill roofs, and total slate roof replacement. The Minnesota Historical Society is currently studying the buildings to determine their best use.

Historic Fort Snelling
Minnesota Historical Society

 
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society.
 
Marker series.
U.S. Army, Buildings 17 and 18 Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 14, 2014
2. U.S. Army, Buildings 17 and 18 Marker
This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 53.585′ N, 93° 11.017′ W. Marker is near Richfield, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker can be reached from Tower Avenue 0.3 miles east of Bloomington Road. Click for map. Marker is at Historic Fort Snelling. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Tower Avenue, Saint Paul MN 55111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Prairie (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel Josiah Snelling (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Giacomo Constantino Beltrami (about 400 feet away); Elizabeth R. Snelling (about 500 feet away); Wokiksuye K'a Woyuonihan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Whiskey (approx. 0.2 miles away); De Dakod Makoce Unkitawapi E E (approx. 0.3 miles away); Three Islands in the Mississippi (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richfield.
 
More about this marker. photo captions:
Men on snowshoes pulling machine gun, Fort Snelling, 1923. MNHS collections.
Cavalry barracks, Fort Snelling, 1909. Courtesy Todd Hintz.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Snelling's Last War. (Submitted on June 28, 2014.)
2. The Fort Expands (1865-1940). (Submitted on June 28, 2014.)
3. World War II (1941-1945). (Submitted on June 28, 2014.)
4. Fort Snelling, 1941-45
U.S. Army Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 14, 2014
3. U.S. Army Building and Marker
. (Submitted on June 28, 2014.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMan-Made Features
 
U.S. Army Buildings image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 14, 2014
4. U.S. Army Buildings
Connecting link between the buildings.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 286 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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