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Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site

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Address: Sheridan, WY
Phone Number: 3076847629
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A historic battlefield.

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One of the more historic forts out west.

Fort Phil Kearney, in its short two year history, had a rather tragic time in the west. Its soldiers were under constant attack, either at the fort or on wood chopping details... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Fort Phil Kearney, in its short two year history, had a rather tragic time in the west. Its soldiers were under constant attack, either at the fort or on wood chopping details. Lt Fetterman and 80 men were wiped out on nearby Massacre Hill during an ill-advised chase on the lieutenant's part. The visitor center is a must see. The... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I seen a sign about the fort, so decided to check it out. They had taken down the signs that told you about each spot. I don't know what shape the signs were in, couldn't they have been left while new ones were made. I love to visit forts and castles all over the world. I would stop by again... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Came on this historical site by accident. There is a nice museum and small theatre which gives you the background of the fort. There are no buildings in the actual fort area so not a lot to look at there.

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Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at Fort Kearney - unfortunately it was after hours, so we only viewed the fort itself and were not able to view any pamphlets/other to aide in our visit. The "spotting scopes" were very helpful in pinpointing the area discussed on the information signs - that was nice. If we are in the area again we will stop... More 

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Everett, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here on our way to Sheridan. We've visited a lot of the western forts and each has it's unique features. There is a lot of history here about the moving west saga in 1862-1864. The main story is of the Fetterman Massacre, which was the biggest until Custer's Last Stand. Also you can visit the Fetterman Massacre site just... More 

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Melbourne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

We visited the museum early morning a small but informative museum but the real knowledge is the staff take the time to talk with them. Yes you need to use your imagination when walking around the fort layout. Great care should be taken when walking the battlefield yes there are snake beware signs and there are snakes as there was... More 

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Anchorage
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

If you are traveling through Sheridan and have time, you'll enjoy the Fort. Its not a place to spend all day, but its a great opportunity to teach the family about the Indian Wars. Our 10 year old enjoyed using her imagination as we shared with her where buildings were located. The staff was extremely helpful and knew her stuff.... More 

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Thank 282brentw
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

On the Bozeman trail with excellent information on Fetterman massacre and "brief" history of the fort. Very helpful staff helped explain and pointed our relevant landmarks to bring history to life.

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Graham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

A chance for travelers to learn about the Fetterman "Massacre" (note, it is a massacre when the Indians won, a battle if the army won), Red Cloud, the thievery of land by the U.S. government, the lies and deceit practiced by the government (on going problem) and how it eventually led to Custer receiving what he deserved. All the various... More 

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Sheridan, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

Lured into an ambush, US Soldiers took the bait and went beyond limits set by orders. The heat of battle / fog of war, caused a greater loss of life trying to save civilians. Great views of the Bighorn foothills, historic trails, and a more balanced presentation of why the Native Americans fought so hard to protect their lands, than... More 

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