In an earlier post I shared photos of Big Ole. At 28 feet, he’s Alexandria, Minnesota’s tallest resident. Across the street from Big Ole is The Runestone Museum and Fort Alexandria. According to the brochure I picked up, the museum is “dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of Douglas County.”
Fort Alexandria is almost an exact replica of the old stockade built in 1862 by the Eighth Regular Infantry under the orders of the governor of Minnesota. The original fort was two blocks from the current location.
The fort was the center of social and commercial activity for the entire region, and as the population grew, the fort expanded to include a general store, a church, a school, a blacksmith shop, a wash house, and a smokehouse.
Nowadays visitors can wander freely through the buildings.