This is a brick gateway, approximately 12 x 15 X 4 feet in size, erected by the Canby Memorial Association in memory of the veterans of the Spanish-American War and WWI. It was dedicated on November 11,1930, and bears lists of the veterans of those two wars.
The largest memorial to those Minnesotans who died in World War I no longer exists, except for a preserved fragment and an impressive website that thoroughly documents its nearly ninety-year history.
The Mendota Bridge (full name Fort Snelling – Mendota Bridge) carries Minnesota State Highway 55 over the Minnesota River between Fort Snelling and Mendota Heights. It is the final bridge over the Minnesota River before the Minnesota flows into the Mississippi River at the "Meeting of the waters" or "Mendota" in the Dakota language.
The structure was designed by C.A.P. Turner and Walter H. Wheeler. Turner also designed the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth, Minnesota and the Liberty Memorial Bridge between Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota.
The bridge is dedicated to the "Gopher Gunners", 151st Field Artillery who died in World War I.
Minnesota's Merci Boxcar arrived in Minneapolis on February 13, 1949. The following day at 10:30 a.m. in what could only be described as miserable conditions, icy cold and windy, a brief ceremony was held on the front steps of the Capitol. Speakers included Governor Luther Youngdahl; Jacques Fermaud, the French consul in Minneapolis; J. J. Viala, the French consul general of Chicago; and Gladys Peterson, a 15-year-old school girl from Tyler, Minnesota in recognition of the work the state's school children performed when the Friendship Train came through Minnesota.
The Minnesota National Guard Armory, 205 North Broadway, New Ulm, Minnesota was dedicated in May, 1916. Burg’s Battery, New Ulm’s private army dating from 1863, welcomed Governor J. A. A. Burnquist to the ceremony with a 21-gun salute. This Armory has served Minnesota and the United States for 99 years. Today it is occupied by the Minnesota Army National Guard Headquarters Battery Battalion Headquarters.
By George L. Glotzbach
Veterans of WW1
At camps held around the country during World War I, the U.S. Army quickly trained the officers it needed to grow from a small defensive force into one of millions, ready to step onto the world stage. Fort Snelling hosted two such camps in 1917: one between May 11 and August 15 and another between August 28 and November 27.