Fort Snelling: Gun powder, fuses and the boom of a cannonby Marc Sanchez, Minnesota Public Radio
Historic Fort Snelling looks much like it might have 185 years ago.
Spread throughout the grounds, you'll find historic interpreters in traditional garb. There might be a blacksmith pounding out a nail or cook making a meal a period specific meal. What attracts many people, however, are the soldiers.
One task that the soldiers perform is the firing of the cannon. It's a crowd-pleaser for sure, and it's an attraction that gets people to this living history site. When Fort Snelling was fully operational, the cannon was never actually fired.
Alex Weston, a self-confessed history buff, works as an historic interpreter and gives the commands to fire the cannon. He really enjoys his job, especially being able to engage with visitors about how Minnesota became a state.