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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.


Historic Battles:

Fetterman Fight
The Wagon Box Fight


Crazy Woman Crossing Battles Presentation


Contact Misty Stoll at 307-684-7629 or JoAnne Puckett, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. website: www.fortphilkearny.com

Kearney Community Hall, 4444 Hwy 87, Banner, WY (1 mile from Fort Phil Kearny) No cost and no reservations needed for this event which is scheduled for July 20, from 9am - 10:30am.

On the 153th Anniversary of the Templeton Fight, G.L. “Buck” Damone III, BLM Archaeologist, will be presenting new findings on this battle and other battles along Crazy Woman Creek during 1866 and 1867. Buck’s discoveries are based on his extensive research of the Bozeman Trails crossing of Crazy Woman’s Fork. This was perfect terrain for Lakota and Cheyenne warriors – defending their homelands from what they saw as an invasion – to surprise and attack road weary emigrants and soldiers.

Shortly after Colonel Carrington’s enormous wagon train passed the crossing on their way to build Fort Phil Kearny, several warriors attacked a small train under the command of Lieutenant George M. Templeton on July 20th, 1866. The roughly 35-40 poorly armed soldiers and civilians including three woman and three children defended themselves in a battle that inspired Templeton to write, “I never before thought death so near.”

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We are open. Please view our hours to find a good time to visit!



  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, May 1 - Sept. 30
  • 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wed - Sunday October 1 - Dec. 21
  • November 1 - April 30 CLOSED
  • Appointments accepted during CLOSED season.





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

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