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The legendary Fort Snelling, which served as an active military fortification for 126 years, is closed as a military post and placed under the Veterans' Administration's control.

The post in Hennepin County off Highway 55 and Highway 5, it originally opened as Fort St. Anthony, and the 5th Infantry Regiment constructed the fort from 1820-1824. Colonel Josiah Snelling commanded the 5th Infantry, and the fort was renamed for him in 1825.

After serving as a frontier post and for a variety of other purposes in the Civil War, Spanish American War, and World War II, it was decommissioned on this day, and was later named a National Historic Landmark in 1960, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

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