Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site

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Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site

Wyoming

(307) 684-7629

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Overview

At the Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site, the visitor will find an interpretive center with exhibits, videos, bookstore, and self-guided tours of the fort and outlying sites. The fort tour leads the visitor through the site to building locations, archaeological remains, and interpretive signs pinpointing the surrounding historic landmarks. A Civilian Conservation Corp Cabin has been refurbished to depict the quarters of an Officer's wife and a Non-Commissioned Officer's Quarters. In addition to the historic interpretation, this site provides three picnic areas and a restroom for visitor use. The two satellite sites of Fort Phil Kearny are the Fetterman Fight and the Wagon Box Fight battlefields. These two sites are located within a five-mile radius of the Fort Phil Kearny Visitor Center. Maps to the sites and interpretation are available at the Visitor Center. At both battlefields, the visitor will find an interpretive trail which leads through the battle providing both Indian and White perspectives of the conflict. The visitor can go to the actual locations of the skirmish lines and Indian charges and see the weapons and personnel involved. The Wagon Box Fight site provides the visitor with restroom facilities; also a picnic area where they may relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. All interpretive trails and facilities are either partially or fully accessible for the ADA. Guided tours of these three sites for social groups, schools, or special events may be scheduled through advance reservation. Fort Phil Kearny is designated "day use only." There is no camping allowed at this site. The nearest State Park campground is Connor Battlefield located at the town of Ranchester.

Map of Fort Phil Kearny (WY)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.535277, -106.823695

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    The visitor center provides interpretive exhibits, videos, a bookstore, and self-guided tours of the fort and its surrounding areas. Visit many historical buildings, battlefields, and skirmish lines. Historically, the Fort was named for a popular Union general killed in the Civil War. Fort Phil Kearny was established at the forks of the Big and Little Piney Creeks by Col. Henry B. Carrington of the 18th U.S. Infantry in July, 1866. The Mission of this fort and two other posts along the Bozeman Trail--Forts Reno and C.F. Smith--was three- fold: to protect travelers on the Trail; to prevent intertribal warfare between Native Americans in the area; and to draw attention of Indian forces opposed to Euro- American westward expansion away from the trans-continental railroad construction corridor to the south.

  • Picnicking

    There are numerous picnic areas in the park.

Seasonality/Weather

Site grounds open year round, weather permitting. Visitor Center closed December 1 - March 31. Hours are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (summer) and 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. (winter).

Directions

Driving

Located just 20 miles south of Sheridan at Interstate 90 , Exit 44.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(307) 684-7629

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