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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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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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147 reviews 147 reviews
64 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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301 reviews 301 reviews
124 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 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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537 reviews 537 reviews
71 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 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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Sheridan, Wyoming
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

On arrival we were met by ranger Jim. Wow what an asset to the fort he is. My husband was asking all kinds of questions and he was not stumped once, it is obvious that he wants visitors to the sie to enjoy themselves. Once outside the fort is well labled, the paths are clearly marked. I liked the sight... More

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Kansas City, MO
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188 reviews 188 reviews
10 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I enjoyed stopping by and seeing the location of the old fort. There are no standing walls or building but everything is well marked and explained. The museum on site does a good job of telling the history of the fort and the area.

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