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Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site

Sheridan, WY
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Ranked #8 of 14 Attractions in Sheridan
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Cultural
Activities: Walking
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Owner description: A historic battlefield.
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Springfield, IL
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175 reviews 175 reviews
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Fort Phil Kearny was one the reasons for this trip. My husband is particularly interested in the Wagon Box fight which is a satellite site of the fort. The visitor's center has some displays, a film, and a model. The staff member used the model to explain the location of the fort, the timber, and the battles. Even knowing very... More

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Yorktown Heights, New York
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

If you have any interest in the Plains Indian Wars you have to visit the Fetterman Battlesite and Wagon Box Battlefields but before you go to the battlefields visit Fort Kearny and let Jeff and/or Starr explain what happened at each location. Prior to George Custer having his "one bad day" in Montana at the Little Big Horn. The Fetterman... More

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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Definitely worth a visit, very interesting historic place, not much imagination needed to see how it must have been

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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39 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This location isn't a destination, but it was a perfect place to stop and take in some interesting historical information while stretching your legs. We went in late September and our daughter enjoyed running around the Fort's grounds while I enjoyed the interpretive placards. Cost was 6 dollars for non-Wyoming adults and free for children.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I thought that it would take me about 3 hours for the fort, the Fetterman Battle Site and the Wagon Box Battle site, but it ended up taking about 6 hours. The demonstration of the types of weapons used by both sides was truly excellent. Bob fired all the types of rifles used, plus one revolver, and a bow and... More

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Mississauga, Canada
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33 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I never tire of history, historic locations or battlefields. As said this was my third visit to the fort. It's starting to get a little run down and this is not good considering the state only rebuilt a small portion of the walls of the actual fort. Before visiting though you should read up on the fort and what happened... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

There's a lot of history here, and the guide pointed out that a great deal of the history is in the terrain, which is still much the same as it was during Red Cloud's time. Well worth the stop; also went to the Fetterman monument. The original 1908 plaque on that monument stated that there were no survivors of the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This attraction exemplifies many of the errors of judgement by the US Government in the early days of westward expansion. The determination and strategic capability of the Indian nations was grossly under-estimated resulting in the humiliating retreat from the region by the US forces after the annihilation of a relief column lured out of the safety of the fort by... More

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Denver, Colorado
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19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Initially you look around and think there isn't much to see....but that is wrong. This is a great site that really gives you a feeling for how it was. Plan on spending a hour walking around to really get a feel for everything and a chance to read and see all the highlights. This is a must visit for any... More

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La Plata, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Fort Phil Kearny is a partially reconstructed site with a good museum and helpful, knowledgeable staff. I had read the book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, so I knew a bit about Red Cloud's War already. Even without that background, the orientation video gives a decent overview of the Bozeman Trail and events that led to the fort's construction,... More

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