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Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site

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Great Place to Experience an important Event in Western History

The fort built on the edge of the Big Horns that threatened native peoples and led to the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Story, Wyoming

If you love history and want to learn more than you were ever taught in school this is the place... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sheridan, Wyoming
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The fort built on the edge of the Big Horns that threatened native peoples and led to the Fettermann and Wagon Box battles. History where the native residents won the fight at least for a time. The small museum is rich in detail. The reconstructions...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you love history and want to learn more than you were ever taught in school this is the place. Whether it's for the Native Americans or the Soldiers or both you will learn all the cool inside stories. Like how Crazy Horse was a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed January 26, 2019

We stopped here on our way to Devil's Tower& Deadwood. Spent 1.5 hours here. An informative small museum and you can explore the fort site although very little of it left. The native indians burnt it to the ground within an hour of the army...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed January 20, 2019

We stopped by Fort Phil Kearney on our way to Sheridan, Wyoming. The front entrance was paved with gravel and there was plenty of parking. We were curious as to what a Calvary fort looked like. Unfortunately, since the fort existed merely two years, the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

The Fort and museum made the visit very worthwhile.It was a lovely sunny day and the walk around the fortifications was very welcome a after a day driving across Montana.A very knowledgeable and helpful Ranger gave us a great insight as to how life was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

Fort Phil Kearny was the largest and most celebrated of the three stockaded fortifications along the east side of the Bighorn Mountains on the famous Bozeman Trail. Along with lesser known Fort Reno and Fort C.F. Smith, it was established at the height of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

Fort Phil Kearney was built at a sad time in American history when the Native peoples were being pushed aside by Manifest Destiny. Fort Kearney only existed for a few years but featured in some historic battles in the local tribes' resistance to having their...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 20, 2018

Stopped here for a break from the highway. It was an excellent museum with a fort and a battle site from the conflict between the Indians and U.S. Cavalry. We were surprised to learn of this battle and the loss of 81 of th Cavalry....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

Somewhere we had wanted to visit for a long time and was very pleased with the outcome. From the minute we arrived the enthusiasm of the receptionist was amazing. We spent the next 2/3 hour's there just enthralled with everything. It's one of those places...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

And the US Army was defeated the same way, and the Fort ultimately burned, which is why there is nothing left but the broad outlines. The interpretive center is state run and very small, but still gives an accounting of the site. I found it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from BlueStone2251 | Reviewed this property |
Most likely to see snakes (Milk, garter, hognose, & bullsnakes, are typical but not commonly encountered snakes), generally moving away. Non poisonous snakes outnumber our famous prairie rattler. While rattlesnakes inhabit... More