Richfield in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Colonel Josiah Snelling
1782 – 1828
— Soldier · Pioneer · Builder —
He served with distinction in the Indian wars of the old northwest border and in the War of 1812. In August, 1820, he assumed command of the Fifth United States Infantry at Camp Coldwater on the site of Fort Snelling. Selecting the bluffs at the junction of the rivers for the construction of Fort St. Anthony, he laid the cornerstone September 10, 1820, and built the stone fort which for years was the Nation's strongest outpost on the Western Frontier. As a compliment to him the War Department changed the name of the fortification to Fort Snelling.
As a soldier he was a true leader of men, loyal to his country and his superiors; as a pioneer he raised the flag of authority in a lawless wilderness and as a builder he erected more than stone walls for he laid the foundations of civilization in the Northwest.
Colonel W. E. Welsh, Commanding
Erected 1928 by the Garrison of Fort Snelling.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesSettlements & Settlers • Wars, Non-US. A significant historical date for this entry is September 10, 1823.
Location. 44° 53.529′ N, 93° 11.072′ W. Marker is in Richfield, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 55 north of State Highway 5, on the right when traveling north. Marker is next to the Fort Snelling Chapel parking area at Historic Fort Snelling (one mile east of the Twin Cities International Airport). Marker is within a highway interchange cloverleaf. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Paul MN 55111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Giacomo Constantino Beltrami (here, next to this marker); Elizabeth R. Snelling (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Army, Buildings 17 and 18 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Prairie (about 500 feet away); Wokiksuye K'a Woyuonihan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Fort Snelling State Park / A Moving Obstacle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Whiskey (approx. 0.2 miles away); Three Islands in the Mississippi (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richfield.
Also see . . . Josiah Snelling. "Upon arrival at his new post, Snelling found that the garrison he was sent to defend was really more of an encampment, (Submitted on March 21, 2009.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,056 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 21, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.