Near Richfield in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
U.S. Army, Buildings 17 and 18
Historic Fort Snelling
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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles. In addition, it is included in the Minnesota Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1911.
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. Marker is at Historic Fort Snelling. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Tower Avenue, 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. 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); Welcome to Fort Snelling State Park / A Moving Obstacle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Whiskey (approx. 0.2 miles away); De Dakod Makoce Unkitawapi E E (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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. (Submitted on June 28, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 495 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 28, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.