A Fort City
Monday, September 25, 2017
Located just outside the gates of Camp Ripley, Fort Ripley is a small friendly town which has a rich history. The city took its name from Eleazer Wheelock Ripley, an American soldier and politician. The city of Fort Ripley was originally a military installation from 1849 to 1877 and is located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Nokasippi rivers. It may have under 100 people, but is located near nature’s playground. Camp Ripley near Fort Ripley is 53,000 acres.
Soldiers from all over the world come to train at Camp Ripley, which has state of the art military training equipment and facilities. The fort is committed to environmentally sound stewardship with an operating solar power field and 18 miles of undeveloped Mississippi River shoreline. A Department of National Resources program located at Camp Ripley supports animals on the base through a variety of programs. Ripley also has a campground which is open to the public with nice restrooms and a playground for the kids. There is also a military museum at Camp Ripley open to the public with many outdoor military vehicles to climb around on.