Before Custer, there was Fetterman! Ten years prior to the epic Battle of the Little Bighorn ("Custer's Last Stand"), Fort Phil Kearny faced a surprise attack by Arapahoe, Cheyenne, and Lakota tribes that devasted the fort and left survivors to bury 81 men in the brutally frigid temps of December 1866. Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site's Interpretive Center and Gift Shop narrates this dramatic story and others that illustrate Native and Soldier life, engagements, and terrain at the feet of the Big Horn Mountains. Encompassing over 1000 acres and three major interpretive locations, visitors will be amazed by the rich history of the sites, diverse wildlife, and breathtaking views across what the Lakota people called "The Picnic Basket" for it's wealth of restorative offerings. Visitors can tour the original site of the largest stockaded fort in the West or relax in the Interpretive Center and Gift Shop.Put Fort Phil Kearny at the forefront of your travel plans using our Sheridan day trip planner .
Just 5 minutes off I-90, uninterrupted views of the Big Horn Mountains and thorough, in- and outdoor interpretation make Fort Phil Kearny a worthwhile stop. Fort Phil Kearny also interprets the Wagon Box and Fetterman Fight Sites.
Fort Phil Kearny Reviews
The fort is partially restored with the entire fort accessible to walk thru with informational plaques and a small but very nice visitor center/museum. The staff was exceptionally knowledgable and hel... more »
Between 1866 and 1868 the Federal Government built Fort Phil Kearny to protect travellers along the Bozeman Trail to Montana, which was attracting record numbers of people seeking their fortunes in th... more »
A delightful history lesson, helpful woman in the shop. Museum full of artifacts to illustrate the history of the place. (Can you tell I am a retired teacher? I love Native American history...) AND they very thoughtfully had a sunscreen dispenser!
Informative and friendly staff. There's not a lot to the fort since it was burned down many years ago. But the staff was very knowledgeable about the history and there's a nice short video.
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