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Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site

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One of the more historic forts out west.

Fort Phil Kearney, in its short two year history, had a rather tragic time in the west. Its... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2016
Stuart Y
San Antonio, Texas
Stopped by on my three state trip

I seen a sign about the fort, so decided to check it out. They had taken down the signs that told... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2016
Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 22 July 2016

Fort Phil Kearney, in its short two year history, had a rather tragic time in the west. Its soldiers were under constant attack, either at the fort or on wood chopping details. Lt Fetterman and 80 men were wiped out on nearby Massacre Hill during...More

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Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

I seen a sign about the fort, so decided to check it out. They had taken down the signs that told you about each spot. I don't know what shape the signs were in, couldn't they have been left while new ones were made. I...More

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Reviewed 21 July 2016

Came on this historical site by accident. There is a nice museum and small theatre which gives you the background of the fort. There are no buildings in the actual fort area so not a lot to look at there.

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Reviewed 11 July 2016

We stopped at Fort Kearney - unfortunately it was after hours, so we only viewed the fort itself and were not able to view any pamphlets/other to aide in our visit. The "spotting scopes" were very helpful in pinpointing the area discussed on the information...More

Thank Vic J
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Stopped here on our way to Sheridan. We've visited a lot of the western forts and each has it's unique features. There is a lot of history here about the moving west saga in 1862-1864. The main story is of the Fetterman Massacre, which was...More

Thank RueterRD
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

We visited the museum early morning a small but informative museum but the real knowledge is the staff take the time to talk with them. Yes you need to use your imagination when walking around the fort layout. Great care should be taken when walking...More

Thank Graeme T M
Reviewed 22 June 2016

If you are traveling through Sheridan and have time, you'll enjoy the Fort. Its not a place to spend all day, but its a great opportunity to teach the family about the Indian Wars. Our 10 year old enjoyed using her imagination as we shared...More

Thank 282brentw
Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

On the Bozeman trail with excellent information on Fetterman massacre and "brief" history of the fort. Very helpful staff helped explain and pointed our relevant landmarks to bring history to life.

Thank Terry M
Reviewed 25 May 2016

A chance for travelers to learn about the Fetterman "Massacre" (note, it is a massacre when the Indians won, a battle if the army won), Red Cloud, the thievery of land by the U.S. government, the lies and deceit practiced by the government (on going...More

1  Thank ilwaco61
Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

Lured into an ambush, US Soldiers took the bait and went beyond limits set by orders. The heat of battle / fog of war, caused a greater loss of life trying to save civilians. Great views of the Bighorn foothills, historic trails, and a more...More

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arthur s
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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