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Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site

Sheridan, WY
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Ranked #8 of 13 Attractions in Sheridan
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Activities: Walking
Description: A historic battlefield.
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
31 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 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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Wyoming
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Scotland
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90 reviews 90 reviews
23 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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
26 helpful votes 26 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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71 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 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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303 reviews 303 reviews
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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547 reviews 547 reviews
71 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
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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