The birth of the state.
~Roy Johansen, Richfield, MN
This is home of many of Minnesota's firsts. Minnesota would be a dramatically different place without the Fort. Without Fort Snelling, Selkirk refugees may not have stopped here and would not have been forced across the river into modern-day St. Paul.
IT was a refuge for my ancestors and many others from starvation, Indian attacks on the settlers, etc.
~Deborah Daniels, Columbia Heights, MN
historic preservation - historic context - historic reenactment -great perspective on our historic roots.
~Sara Galligan, Eagan, MN
We fought during the war.
~Emily Young, SLP, MN
The first time the territory was recognized as part of the greater country and a future president, Fillmore, was part of the growth.
~Kay Shortridge, New Brighton, MN
This Fort is the oldest in Minnesota and also houses the National Cementary. It basically was the birthplace of the state.
~Nancy Beers, Coon Rapids, MN
- began civilization in Minnesota
- drew settlers who eventually founded the state
- it was just a big deal for an unsettled territory!
~Rachel Marino, Minneapolis, MN
At the convergence of the Mississippi and the Minnesota Rivers, this natural location was well chosen. Served as a staging point for troops answering Lincoln's call to put down the rebellion in 1861 and again in 1862-63 to put down the Indian uprising in central and western MN. The whole history and settlement of central MN was tied to the presence of the Ft. Snelling.
~Dick Riley, Rochester, MN