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Picturesque battlements that had been added to the Round Tower in the 1890s can be seen in this photo of archaeologists at work near it in 1957.






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Historical Society archaeologists at work in the Round Tower, 1965. Layers of interior finish, including murals painted by WPA artists, had to be removed in restoring the building to its appearance in the 1820s.






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Fort Snelling as it looked in the 1840s is shown in this painting by Henry Lewis. The island seen in the foreground carries the name of Lieutenant Zebulon Pike, who met there with the Dakota Indians in 1805 and bought the land for the fort.






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Map of the fort in relation to Mendota Bridge and the state park.






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Map showing excavation areas.






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Feature during excavation.






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Metal nails recovered from Fort Snelling.





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Excavation map showing location of nails.



 
 


 

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