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.

Watercolor of 1868 Fort Ripley by Col. Edward G. Bush (1838–1892). Painted by Bush in 1880 upon revisiting the fort that he commanded September 1868 to May 1869 while a thirty-year-old captain.  The painting depicts the fort as he remembered it in 1868.

Watercolor of 1868 Fort Ripley by Col. Edward G. Bush

Watercolor of 1868 Fort Ripley by Col. Edward G. Bush (1838–1892). Painted by Bush in 1880 upon revisiting the fort that he commanded September 1868 to May 1869 while a thirty-year-old captain. The painting depicts the fort as he remembered it in 1868.

Watercolor of old Fort Ripley by Minnesota artist Paul S. Kramer (1919–2012). Painted in 1989 as a study for a larger oil painting that hangs in Camp Ripley’s post headquarters.

Watercolor of old Fort Ripley by Minnesota artist Paul S. Kramer

Watercolor of old Fort Ripley by Minnesota artist Paul S. Kramer (1919–2012). Painted in 1989 as a study for a larger oil painting that hangs in Camp Ripley’s post headquarters.

Color image of the remains of the Fort Ripley powder magazine, 2005.

Remains of the Fort Ripley powder magazine

Remains of the Fort Ripley powder magazine, 2005.

Black and white photograph of the powder house ruins at Fort Ripley, 1926.

Powder house ruins at Fort Ripley

Fort Ripley powder magazine, 1926. Made of bricks and stone, it was the only building to survive into the early twentieth century.

Black and white photograph of the ruins of Fort Ripley Barracks and Bakery, c.1895.

Ruins of Fort Ripley barracks and bakery

Abandoned Fort Ripley, c.1895. Ruins of the laundry and ordnance room are in the foreground, next to the long enlisted barracks.

Black and white photograph of the abandoned blockhouse at Fort Ripley, c.1895.

Blockhouse at abandoned Fort Ripley

Abandoned Fort Ripley, c.1895. The southeast blockhouse stands as a lonely sentinel on the river.

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