MHS FR Problems – May 2017

Minnesota Historical Society
Fort Ridgely Historic Site
Maintenance Problems
May 2017
Updated on June 22, 2017

Historic Fort Ridgely is the most important historic site in Minnesota. So how do the Minnesota Historical Society and Nicollet County Historical Society care for this site?

The Entrance Sign needs paint and removal of weeds.
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The pea rock in the parking lot is shifting and settling. Curbs are high enough to snag autos.
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Try pushing a wheelchair or walker across the entry.
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Is this a new exhibit in the grass at the NE end of the parking lot?
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Photo shot on June 20, 2017 – Curb in parking lot needs to be replaced.
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Photo shot on June 20, 2017 – It appears that someone has used Roundup along the curbs in the parking lot. This dead grass area will soon be dirt. A mower and grass trimmer would do a neater job.
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Much of the trails are covered with a thick layer of long dead grass.
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The “trail to nowhere” is covered with grass. When the new trail system was installed, the trail signs were taken down and not secured. When the signs were replaced, the “Attack from the Southeast” sign was missing. It has never been replaced. This trail leads nowhere.
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One of the worst popping plastic base pieces on the trails. There are at least 16 that need attention. The long thick dead grass on the trails is likely covering more of these.
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Another serious problem that needs to be fixed – Note the tops of the plastic base to the right are not covered.
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Note the pointed broken plastic in the center. Note the tops of the plastic base are not covered.
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Many nails are popping.
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Bird droppings are a problem. The trail signs are not cleaned very often if at all.
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Photo shot on June 20, 2017 – It appears that someone has used Roundup around the trail signs. This dead grass area will soon be dirt. A mower and grass trimmer would do a neater job.
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The right (west) cellar wall was caving in. MHS filled the cellar with sand. Won’t this sand push out the north wall? Why not repair this wall properly?
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2 thoughts on “MHS FR Problems – May 2017

  1. I hope the State can/will fix these issues. I would hate to lose this site as a quality piece of Minnesota history.

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