New Project - Donations are appreciated!

The Fort Belmont board of volunteers are moving forward with a plan to construct a new building. This new museum will be home to an awesome collection of telephone and early communication equipment, originally used right here in Jackson County. The collection was put together and maintained by the Telecom Pioneer Western Plains Club of Southwest Minnesota. Many of our wonderful friends and neighbors had worked for the early telecom companies in a variety of functions; at the switchboard or installing and maintaining lines and service. We have said goodbye to so many. Now, our goal is to find a home to permanently share their story for future generations. Donations are welcome and are tax deductible. Simply mail to: Fort Belmont/JCT Inc., 114 Third St., Jackson, MN 56143.

Fort Belmont is open for the 2015 season!

Don't let the I-90 detour, detour your visit to Fort Belmont! The Fort is open for the 2015 season!

Motorists are advised to check www.511mn.org before they travel for up-to-date ramp closures and corresponding detours.  Estimated timelines of ramp and rest area closures include:
  • WB Highway 71 ramps at Jackson closure - May 26 for a period of 21 days.
  • WB rest area at Jackson closure - May 26 for a period of 21 days
  • EB Highway 71 ramps at Jackson closure - mid-June to early July
  • EB Highway 4 ramps at Sherburn closure - mid-June to early July
  • WB Highway 4 at Sherburn closure - July
  • EB rest area at Jackson closure - mid-July to early Aug.
  • Highway 86 ramps at Lakefield closure - TBD in 2016

Information on all I-90 work in southwestern Minnesota can be found at
www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/I90preserve/ where the public is encouraged to sign up for e-mail updates.