Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cannons and Capitols

Minnesota - Historic Fort Snelling

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From: Minnesota, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: Fort Snelling was founded in 1819 at the confluence of Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers.  It was originally known as Fort St. Anthony, but the name was changed in 1825 to honor Colonel Josiah Snelling, the commander and architect of the fort during its building. The War Department decommissioned the fort in 1946, and the buildings fell into disrepair.  The fort was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960, and the Minnesota Historical Society has been working to preserve it.  

I'm a bit worried about the placement of the cannon in this photo.  Surely it should be pointed AWAY from the buildings!!



Minnesota - State Capitol, St. Paul

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From: Minnesota, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: As the card says, this is the Minnesota State Capitol Building in St. Paul.  Construction was completed in 1905, and its unsupported marble dome is the second largest in the world, after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome (the building on which the capitol was modeled).  The building was designed by Cass Gilbert, and when the it was complete, it was so well received that Gilbert was asked to design capitol buildings for West Virginia and Arkansas.  

2 comments :

wassamatta_u said...

Wow, I gotta start reading more carefully. I thought for a moment there that you had found a new hobby: "Historic Fort Smelling".

(Hey, at least I said "Fort"...)

Kristin aka Trekkie Gal said...

wassa, wassa, wassa...I can always count on you to class up the joint!!