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Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site

Sheridan, WY
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Ranked #7 of 13 Attractions in Sheridan
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Activities: Walking
Description: A historic battlefield.
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Wyoming
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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Scotland
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23 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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54 reviews 54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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166 reviews 166 reviews
71 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
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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Nottingham
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124 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The curator was just opening up as we arrived at 8am, and welcomed us in. She was so kind, told us all the information about the fort and the story of the famous battle there, answering our questions with patience and enthusiasm. After seeing the film, we walked out to the fort site - there isn't much left, as the... More

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St. Augustine FL
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543 reviews 543 reviews
71 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Keep in mind that the Indians burnt this place to the ground after the troops moved out. So don't expect to see a real fort. But you will get a chance to get an idea of where the fort was located and get a better understanding of the time. Overall a nice side stop.

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Sheridan, Wyoming
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21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Don't start your tour of historic fight sights here! This is but one spot in the history of the West you MUST visit in your tour of Wyoming and Montana. To fully understand the settling of this part of the country, make sure you schedule plenty of time to hit all the sites along the Bighorn Mountains on your way... More

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Sheridan, Wyoming
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

A great staff operates this WY attraction. A very small admission is charged that grants access to the museum, grounds and two nearby battle sites. The scenery includes the Big Horn mountains to the West and rolling hills to the North and South. A very significant part of American frontier history, it guarded the Bozeman Trail from 1866-1868.

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adelaide
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68 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This visit was arranged at short notice because of a change in itinerary due to the federal government shutdown of the national parks. The volunteer historical staff were enthusiastic in relating the history of the fort, in particular, describing the events relating to the Fetterman Massacre which occurred in 1866. After exploring the remains of the fort, we were shown... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We were driving past and decided to take a look at this very interesting historic site. The lady in the information centre was knowledgeable, helpful and very passionate. We really enjoyed learning more about what happened at this site. Well worth a visit.

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