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About - Fort Phil Kearny

Description:

Fort Phil Kearny witnessed the dramatic events of Red Cloud’s War, 1866-1868. Today, the site encompasses 1000 acres, including Fort grounds, two major battlesites, and rich wildlife habitat.

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Fort Phil Kearny’s reconstructed stockade takes visitors back to the 1860s Plains Indian Wars​

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The “Fetterman Fight” or, Battle of the 100 in the Hand as the Lakota people remember it, was a huge victory for the allied tribes​

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Nestled at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains, the fort is a modern-day testament to why soldiers and trives alike chose the spot for campsites ​

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History:

Ten years prior to the epic Battle of the Little Bighorn (“Custer’s Last Stand”), Fort Phil Kearny soldiers encountered a surprise attack by Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Lakota warriors that devastated the fort and left survivors to bury 81 men in the brutally frigid temperatures of 1866. This, the Battle of the Hundred in the Hand (Fetterman Battle), was the greatest loss of life suffered by the U.S. Army at the hands of a Native force up to that date, and until the Battle of the Little Bighorn, 10 years later.

 


Historic Battles:

Fetterman Fight
 
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The Wagon Box Fight
 

 

 
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Site Status

 

COVID-19 Coronavirus
Important Information:

Historic sites are now open with social distancing in place, including a limited number of visitors in some locations. Please call ahead to confirm hours of operation and special guidelines.  

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Hours

 
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, May 1 - Sep. 30, including holidays
  • 12 p.m. to p.m., Wed. - Sunday, October 1 - Dec. 21
  • November 1 - April 30, CLOSED
  • Appointments accepted during CLOSED season

 

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Phone Number

 

307-684-7629

 

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 Location

 

 Fort Phil Kearny Historic Site
 528 Wagon Box Rd
 Banner, WY 82832

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