Black and white photograph of men and women with parasols standing atop the round tower, c.1900.

Men and women with parasols standing atop the round tower

Men and women with parasols standing atop the round tower, c.1900.

Black and white photograph of women with parasols by round tower, c.1900.

Women with parasols by Round Tower

Women with parasols by Round Tower, c.1900.

Black and white photograph of the round tower, c.1900.

View of the Round Tower

View of the Round Tower, c.1900.

Oil painting of Round Tower by moonlight, c.1888.

Oil painting of Round Tower by moonlight

Oil painting of round tower by moonlight, c.1888.

Black and white photograph of African American troops and officers of the Twenty-fifth Infantry standing by the Round Tower, c.1887.

African American enlisted men and white officers of the Twenty-fifth Infantry standing by the Round Tower

African American enlisted men and white officers of the Twenty-fifth Infantry standing by the Round Tower, c.1887.

Nina Marcum: What Fort Snelling Means to Me

Nina Marcum, former resident of the Round Tower, explains what Fort Snelling means to her.

Round Tower, Fort Snelling

Built around 1820, the Round Tower at Fort Snelling is probably the oldest standing building in Minnesota. Though the U.S. Army originally built it as a defensive point for the fort, the tower has served many different functions over its long history.

Color image of the sign marking the site of Fort Ripley, 2005.

Sign marking the site of Fort Ripley

Sign marking the site of Fort Ripley, 2005.

Illustration showing the building layout of Fort Ripley in 1864.

Building layout of Fort Ripley

Building layout of Fort Ripley in 1864, at peak size in terms of manpower and after a stockade was built around it for stronger defense.

Black and white photograph of a sign marking the site of old Fort Ripley, 1850.

Fort Ripley sign

The site of Fort Ripley is within the boundaries of present-day Camp Ripley. The remains of the powder magazine can be seen in the background of this 1950 photo.

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