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This frontier Army post, which served as a hub for both the military and Wyoming’s lumber and livestock industries, is located just off I-80 at Exit 228. This frontier Army post has a fascinating history interlacing transportation with the military and the growth of the lumber and livestock industries in Wyoming. Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site is administered by the Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

A View into the Past

Today many of the foundations are visible but very few structures are intact. Fort Steele State Historic Site offers an excellent opportunity for the preservation and interpretation of Wyoming’s diverse cultural heritage. Although the number of structures has declined over the years what remains standing is living testimony to the flourishing and subsequent passing of several frontiers.

Final Fort Fred Steele Anniversary Presentation is Saturday


August 28, 2018

The eighth and final program in the Fort Fred Steele 150th Anniversary Celebration Series focuses on Tie Hacks, from 1 – 4 p.m., September 1 on the grounds of the fort.

With the construction of the transcontinental railroad, a vast number of railroad ties were needed. Cutting timber to produce railroad ties was known as “tie hacking.”

Learn about one of the most interesting and exhausting jobs you might have had in the late 1880s and early 1900s.

Cake and refreshments will be served. For more information call Steve Horn, 307-320-3013 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fort Fred Steele is located at Exit 228 on I-80 east of Rawlins.

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Site Status


 Ft. Steele is open seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Please visit our hours of operation prior to your visit.




Fort Steele is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


  • Open Memorial Day
  • Site is closes for the winter on Labor Day



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 Fort Fred Steele State
 I-80, Exit 228, 1.25 miles north of rest area
 Rawlins, WY 82334

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