Near Fairfax in Nicollet County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Fort Ridgely's commandant and its surgeon lived with their families in the structure on this site. A central hallway divided the quarters into two separate living units. The building was destroyed by fire in 1865.
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 27.159′ N, 94° 44.09′ W. Marker is near Fairfax, Minnesota, in Nicollet County. Marker can be reached from Route 30 1.1 miles west of Minnesota Highway 4, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in Fort Ridgely State Park; fee area – a Minnesota state park vehicle permit is required. Marker is at or near this postal address: 72404 County State Aid Highway 30, Fairfax MN 55332, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Doctor's Life (here, next to this marker); Officers' Quarters—C (a few steps from this marker); Five Days and Nights on the River (a few steps from this marker); Surprise Attack at Redwood Ferry A Second Wave of Attacks (within shouting distance of this marker); Reinforcements Arrive (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Ridgely State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Economic Engine (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfax.
Also see . . . History of Weather Observations - Fort Ridgely, Minnesota 1853-1867. "The head surgeons’ living quarters were about as far away from the hospital as one could get on the fort grounds. This building was located on the south side of the parade, with the large enlisted mens’ barracks blocking the view of the hospital [on the north end of the post]. Ironically enough, the leaky log hospital never burnt down during the life of the fort, but the surgeon’s quarters did, along with the quartermaster’s quarters that was part of the same structure." (Submitted on February 10, 2014.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 10, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 375 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 10, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.