Near Fairfax in Nicollet County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The immense stone barracks was the most impressive building at Fort Ridgely. Measuring 235 feet by 40 feet and two stories high, it could house as many as 400 enlisted men. Its two-foot-thick walls were made of rectangular granite blocks set in mortar. When settlers poured into the fort seeking protection during the 1862 U.S.-Dakota Conflict, they were housed in this building. Here soldiers fired through the rear windows at Dakota warriors emerging from the northeast ravine.
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Minnesota Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 44° 27.203′ N, 94° 44.047′ 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 travelingTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 72404 County State Aid Highway 30, Fairfax MN 55332, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Garrison Life Was Like Clockwork (a few steps from this marker); Who Lived in the Barracks? (a few steps from this marker); Bakehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Ridgely Closes (within shouting distance of this marker); Attack from the Northeast (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Ridgely State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Women (within shouting distance of this marker); Log Buildings (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfax.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Ridgely in 1862. Minnesota Historical Society. (Submitted on March 10, 2014.)
2. Battle Summary: Fort Ridgely. National Park Service. "In August 1862, the Santee Sioux of Minnesota under Chief Little Crow... killed approximately 800 settlers and soldiers, took many prisoners, and caused extensive property damage throughout the Minnesota River Valley... On August 20, about 400 Sioux attacked the fort but were repulsed. On the 22nd, 800 Sioux attacked the fort again..." (Submitted on March 10, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 10, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 422 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 10, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.