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About - Fort Phil Kearny


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.


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


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​


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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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
The Wagon Box Fight



Site Status


COVID-19 Coronavirus
Important Information:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, all Wyoming State Park: overnight camping facilities, cabins, yurts, group sites/shelters, showerhouses, some non-essential restrooms, and playgrounds are closed until further notice.

All parks currently remain open for day-use outdoor recreation activities including: trailheads, hiking/biking trails, boat ramps, fishing access, essential restrooms, individual picnic areas/tables. Normal park fees apply; visitors are urged to use fee canisters. 

State Historic Sites are closed to the general public until further notice. 

While we encourage citizens to enjoy the great outdoors while maintaining social distances, please know the Governor has also urged citizens to stay home whenever possible. This is an ever-changing situation. 








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

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