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Fort Snelling National Cemetery

Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Established 1870
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota
Country United States
Type Public
Size 436.3 acres (176.6 ha)
Number of graves 208,000
Website Official
Find a Grave Fort Snelling National Cemetery

Fort Snelling National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the city of Minneapolis in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses 436.3 acres (176.6 ha), and as of 2014 had 208,000 interments.


  • History 1
  • Notable interments 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Fort Snelling was a frontier fort first established in 1819. Its original purpose was to keep the peace on what was then the western frontier. During the American Civil War it served as a recruiting camp area for Minnesota volunteers. The cemetery was officially established in 1870.

In 1937, the citizens of St. Paul, petitioned Congress to construct a National Cemetery in the area. Two years later, the new plot was dedicated, and the burials from the original post cemetery were moved to it. In 1960, the Fort Snelling Air Force Station transferred 146 acres (59 ha) to the cemetery; another 177 acres (0.72 km2) were acquired in 1961, expanding the cemetery to its current size.

Notable interments


  1. ^ "Dungeons and Dragons artist dies".  
  2. ^ [2] CWGC Casualty Record.

External links

  • National Cemetery Administration
  • Fort Snelling National Cemetery
  • Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) No. MN-1, "Fort Snelling National Cemetery, 7601 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, MN", 46 photos, 4 photo caption pages
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Fort Snelling National Cemetery
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