America has many preserved forts of the same vintage as Fort Snelling’s Upper Post. These are some that could be models for its preservation and redevelopment:
Fort Sheridan, Ill., on Lake Michigan, north of Chicago.
Vancouver Barracks, in Vancouver, Wash. (Click on Officers’ Row).
Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis.
Fort McKinley, on Great Diamond Island, in Casco Bay, Maine.
To read the new guidelines for restoring and reusing Fort Snelling’s Upper Post, go to Hennepin County’s website.
Background on the Upper Post is extensive on the web. An easy place to start is a site maintained by Todd Hintz, a Minnesota history buff and a World War II re-enactor.
Fort Snelling, including the Upper Post, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960. For a succinct summary of its current status, go to the National Park Service’s National Historic Landmarks Program site.
- Catherine Watson
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