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Blasting the cannon at Historic Fort Snelling in St. Paul, Minnesota - kaboom'ski !!

More than you probably want to know:
Fort Snelling is a fully restored military fort on the bluffs overlooking the intersection of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers in Saint Paul, MN. It's operated by the Minnesota Historical Society as a living museum with people in period costumes interpreting what life was like back in the day.

Fort Snelling was completed in 1825 and was the northern most outpost of the USA. It protected fur trading routes and was the first official building in the territory that became Minnesota in 1858. This place is chuck-full of history and is kind of the 'birth place' of Minnesota housing the first school, first hospital, fist post office, etc - way too many things to fully list, but here's a couple I thought were interesting:

* Zachary Taylor, who became our 12th President in 1849, was commander of Fort Snelling for two years starting in 1828. He later wrote in his diary that the region was "a most miserable & uninteresting country" (what a wussy).

* Dred Scott was a slave owned by a doctor at Fort Snelling. Dred was able to save up money but was not allowed to purchase his own freedom. A group of abolitionist legal advisers took his case to the US Supreme Court that ruled in 1857 that slaves are property and have no human rights - that appalling ruling strengthened slavery opposition and helped usher in the American Civil War.

* In May of 1876, General George A. Custer used Fort Snelling as the planning and kickoff point for his ill-fated expedition against the Sioux (Lakota) that ended in his massive 'Last Stand' defeat on the Little Big Horn river some 800 miles to the West in Montana.

Along with all this cool American expansionist history you also learn that the native peoples like Dakota and Ojibwe, who's way of life had changed very little for over 2,000 years, sadly gets all but erased in one generation after the building of this Fort.

Historic Fort Snelling www.historicfortsnelling.org - cannon blasts off at 1:00 & 4:00pm.

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  1. Torben Mougaard [deleted] 39 months ago | reply

    Seen in the: "Administration Exquisite"
    "Astonishing Quality Group"
    gothic elegance labl
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  2. Paul Simpson Photography 39 months ago | reply

    Seen in the: "Administration Exquisite"
    "Astonishing Quality Group"
    gothic elegance labl
    6 + Awards press Here 10 + Awards press Here

  3. Z A Y A N 38 months ago | reply

    great shot....

  4. Ronaldo F Cabuhat 37 months ago | reply

    Very lively! I like the exposure! Have a fun weekend!

  5. Bashir Osman 35 months ago | reply

    lovely perspective...!
    nice capture...!!

  6. msonflk(off) 34 months ago | reply

    excellent shot.

  7. Tetley T 32 months ago | reply

    Great shot!

  8. Ron Hay 31 months ago | reply

    Nice SHOT! :-)

  9. PeteHuu 31 months ago | reply

    awesome capture Dan, i can sense earth vibrates because of this shot

  10. zinger123 30 months ago | reply

    Wow just wonderful

  11. bent.christiansen 16 months ago | reply

    Hi Dan .......this is a powerful shot and the aura of the image is very dramatic. Excellent with the smoke from the cannon; it's so eye catching ........I wish you too a nice and lovely 2014 my friend and take care over there! Many greetings from Denmark.

  12. thruthelookingglass 16 months ago | reply

    WOW! perfect timing!!!

  13. sagewagon 9 months ago | reply

    What's that yellow tinge in the middle of the smoke?

  14. Dan Anderson. 9 months ago | reply

    that's gun powder flare

  15. Onasill ~ Bill Badzo 9 months ago | reply

    A dramatic view. Well caught and produced Dan, compliments and have nice evening

  16. Reconstructing Light 6 weeks ago | reply

    Perfect timing! First class work, Dan.

  17. phginlon 7 days ago | reply

    great capture

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