Fort Ridgely
The  Stone Barracks

(photo taken at Fort Ridgely State Park the Stone Barracks)
As many as 400 enlisted men could be housed in this two-story building.
The rectangular granite block walls were more than two feet thick and provided
shelter for the many civilians who had left their farms to seek safety at the fort as
word of the Indian war spread across the frontier.  During the battles, three-man
teams at each of the fourteen rear windows took turns firing at the Dakota.

(photo courtesy of Fort Ridgely State Park)
  After Fort Ridgely was abandoned settlers of the area began dismantling the
buildings at the fort to obtain building materials to build their own homes.
This is a picture of the Stone Barracks before it was completely demolished.

This page was made by:  Clint Soleta and Clayton Hubert