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Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site

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Address: , Sheridan, WY
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Walking
Description: A historic battlefield.

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Hidden away off exit 44 on I-90 parts of the fort have been rebuilt to be as it must have been 150 years ago. It was in existence only two years, closed because of an Indian... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Solana Beach, California
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Hidden away off exit 44 on I-90 parts of the fort have been rebuilt to be as it must have been 150 years ago. It was in existence only two years, closed because of an Indian treaty, and must have been a horrible place to be stationed but fascinating to see now.

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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We had a spare afternoon and decided to visit!!!, what a gem of a place for American history buffs!, Jeannie was a wealth of information and brought the story to life for us, great afternoon out well recommend

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Boulder
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Definitely visit the museum and pick Starr's brain. If you want a peek into how the US Govt. and military were thinking at this time stop and visit. Be sure to see the Indian feather exhibit which shows how the braves signaled their warrior feats. It seems that it was an amazing game to them. We will be going back... More 

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Belgrade, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

My husband and I visited on July 17. Both of us are interested in the history of the American West and were happy that our travels brought us to a place we had read a lot about. As another reviewer stated the best feature is the enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff, especially the full time interpreter named Starr, as someone else... More 

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Hermitage, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We found out about this site through Tim Slessor's book on the west called More Than Cowboys (highly recommended). The museum is small but interesting and the fort is worth exploring. The best feature of the site is the enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff. Well worth a visit to learn about a fascinating, relatively unknown historical event -- and it is... More 

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Interesting place for those who would like to understand both the points of view: US soldiers and natives. The location and the explanations at the site takes the imagination to 1866. The museum is very interesting, lot of books, exhibits and a nice movie. But overall the explanation of Ms Star at the museum, worths a visit. She is very... More 

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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This spot is not on the itinerary of many but the hard core history buffs such as myself. However if you find yourself journeying south from Sheridan, it's well worth a few hours. Like the Little Bighorn battlefield, this site was gloriously beautiful in mid summer, making its story even more tragic. Fort Phil Kearny was established in 1866 and... More 

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Eureka, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Went to the Battlefield monument first. The original stonework is still standing. then on to the Fort. They have an interesting museum and a replica of part of the fort. Well worth the trip.

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Falls Church, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The museum and the movie are excellent at explaining in a balanced way what was going on between the Plains Indians and the Whites who were expanding westward. The Fetterman Massacre which took place outside the fort was the worst defeat of the US Army until the Custer's Last Stand at Little Bighorn ten years later. If you're seeking to... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Little know historical site. Learned a lot about this fort from my mother. I'd never heard of it before. Nice presentation video and knowledgeable staff. Only complaint was that the signs to the location of the fort weren't prominent on the road and we got lost. I would recommend visiting this site if you are a history buff.

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