Connor Battlefield State Historic Site

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Connor Battlefield State Historic Site

Wyoming

(307) 684-7629

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Things To Do

Overview

The site consists of 20 camping and picnic sites nestled in an oxbow of the Tongue River in the shade of large cottonwoods. Connor offers a quiet, relaxing campsite, away from the hustle of the road in the peaceful shade of a river bottom. Community facilities are within a few blocks, and yet a visitor would never know it.

In the summer of 1865, General Patrick E. Connor led a column of troops from Fort Laramie into the Powder River Country of northern Wyoming. The Powder River Expedition's mission was to make war on the Indians and punish them, so that they would be forced to keep the peace. On August 28th, with the column located on Prairie Dog Creek, Pawnee Scouts arrived with information of an Arapahoe village encamped on the Tongue River. Following a night march with 250 soldiers and 80 Pawnee Scouts, Connor's force attacked Black Bear's Arapahoe village while the Indians were in the act of packing to move. The soldiers overran the camp and pushed the Indians 10 miles up Wolf Creek. The Indians fought a desperate rear guard action, protecting their families and eventually forcing the soldiers to withdraw. During this action, other soldiers burned the camp and its supplies, making it a funeral pyre for their dead. Indian casualties included 64 warriors and several hundred ponies. As the soldiers withdrew the Indians advanced, recapturing several of their ponies, and continued harassing the column for several days. Connor's column marched back to Fort Laramie following the establishment of Fort Connor on the Powder River near present day Kaycee.

Map of Connor Battlefield (WY)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.907168, -107.161074

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling may be available, contact the area for more information.

  • Camping

    There are 20 campsites here. Two of them are accessible and restrooms are available.

  • Fishing

    Trout and whitefish are popular catches here.

  • Hiking

    Visitors can go on small hikes to the historical sites.

  • Historic Sites

    Explore the history of the battlefield while you are camping.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback Riding is not offered here.

  • Picnicking

    There are picnic areas in the campgrounds.

  • Water Sports

    Water sports are not offered here.

Directions

Driving

Take exit 9 off I-90 into Ranchester. Head west on Hwy. 14 crossing a railroad overpass into downtown Ranchester. Take a left at the 3rd intersection. Head south three blocks, leaving Ranchester and seeing the park across the river to the left. In a few hundred yards cross Tongue River and take the first left into Connor Wyoming State Park and Historic Site.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(307) 684-7629

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