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The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

2012 marked 150 years since the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, a disastrous time in Minnesota's history. The war, its causes, and its aftermath had a profound impact in shaping Minnesota as we know it today.

The Minnesota Historical Society developed a special exhibit that covers the many different stories and interpretations of this period. Visit the Society's U.S.-Dakota War website, or get information about the exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in St Paul.

 

Telling the story in Minnesota state parks

Several Minnesota state parks—including Fort Ridgely, Fort Snelling, and Upper Sioux Agency—bear witness to the events of 1862, both protecting and preserving the landscape and the stories they hold.

Learn more about the events that occurred at these locations through on-site exhibits, historic and interpretive signs, and interpretive programs. Contact the park for more details.

Location
Visitor center with exhibits
Historic marker or monument
Interpretive signs, trail, or brochures
Scheduled programs

Fort Ridgely State Park

X

X

X

Occasional, seasonal

Fort Snelling State Park

X

X

X

Year-round

Joseph R. Brown State Wayside

 

X

X

 

Lake Shetek State Park

 

X

 

Occasional, seasonal

Monson Lake State Park

 

X

 

 

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

X

X

 

 

 

Other relevant locations when you visit the area

Flandrau State Park

Minnesota River State Water Trail

Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area

Sakatah Lake State Park

Sam Brown Memorial State Wayside