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

Fort Snelling 1861–1946

 
 
Fort Snelling 1861–1946 Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, April 29, 2011
1. Fort Snelling 1861–1946 Marker
Inscription. This historical ground was a pivotal place in the development of the Northwest. With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Fort Snelling expanded its limestone walls into this area, formerly a part of the U.S. Indian Agency and the location of the fort's gardens. As the frontier moved west following the war, the fort, as Headquarters of the Department of Dakota, administered and supplied dozens of western posts.

The military played an increasing world roll after 1898, and the fort continued to grow. Handsome brick buildings lined Taylor Avenue–a hospital, offices, barracks, and officers' quarters. Opposite the extensive parade grounds were the support facilities–stables, workshops, and warehouses.

During World War I the fort was enlarged to a total of some 400 structures. Here Minnesota's recruits for both world wars first entered the service. Many others served between the wars in the Third Infantry and other units long associated with what was then known as the "Country Club of the Army." Fort Snelling closed in 1946, but it remains a fond memory for many who played a part in its long history.
 
Erected 1989 by the Minnesota Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society, and the National Historic Landmarks marker
Tablet by Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, April 29, 2011
2. Tablet by Marker
A treaty made and concluded here at the confluence of the St. Peter and Mississippi Rivers between the United States of America and the Chippewa Nations of Indians by their chiefs and headmen on July 29, 1837.
Hole in the Day
L. Taliaferro
series.
 
Location. 44° 53.143′ N, 93° 11.63′ W. Marker is near Richfield, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker is on Leavenworth Avenue west of Taylor Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is by the Club House at the Fort Snelling Golf Club located in the historical Fort Snelling complex. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5701 Leavenworth Avenue, Saint Paul MN 55111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elizabeth R. Snelling (approx. 0.6 miles away); Giacomo Constantino Beltrami (approx. 0.6 miles away); Colonel Josiah Snelling (approx. 0.6 miles away); Whiskey (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wokiksuye K'a Woyuonihan (approx. 0.7 miles away); U.S. Army, Buildings 17 and 18 (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Prairie (approx. 0.7 miles away); Three Islands in the Mississippi (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richfield.
 
More about this marker. Noted on the tablet, Hole in the Day was the head Chippewa chief of the eight Upper Mississippi bands; Lawrence Taliaferro was a United States Army officer and an Indian agent.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Fort Snelling. Minnesota Historical Society. (Submitted on May 6, 2011.) 

2. A brief history of Fort Snelling
Fort Snelling Marker and Tablet image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, April 29, 2011
3. Fort Snelling Marker and Tablet
. Minnesota Historical Society. (Submitted on May 6, 2011.) 

3. Fort Snelling. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on May 6, 2011.) 

4. Chief Hole-In-The-Day. Brainerd Dispatch. "[Hole-In-The-Day] has been given many translations, one of them 'an opening in the sky through which the light streams down.' The most logical explanation, however seems to be that Hole-In-The-Day's father, from whom he took the name, was born during an eclipse of the sun." (Submitted on May 6, 2011.) 

5. Lawrence Taliaferro. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on May 6, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US CivilWar, World IWar, World II
 
Nearby Entrance Sign image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, April 29, 2011
4. Nearby Entrance Sign
Fort Snelling Upper Post Sign image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, April 29, 2011
5. Fort Snelling Upper Post Sign
Building Preservation Stabilization
[Taylor Avenue at Colville Avenue]
Fort Snelling Upper Post Sign image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, April 29, 2011
6. Fort Snelling Upper Post Sign
Fort Snelling Upper Post Map image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, April 29, 2011
7. Fort Snelling Upper Post Map
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,102 times since then and 114 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 6, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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