Fetterman Battle Anniversary Tour

Fort Phil Kearny Annual Fetterman Battlefield Tour To Include Lakota Drum Presentation and Book Signing

     On Saturday, December 21, 2013, Fort Phil Kearny State History Site will host the 147th Anniversary Tour of the Fetterman Fight.  New this year, the event will include a presentation by “Thunder Lake Singers” from Pine Ridge, South Dakota and an appearance by Shannon Smith, author of Give Me Eighty Men: Women and the Myth of the Fetterman Fight.  The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Fort Phil Kearny Interpretive Center, five miles off of exit 44, Interstate 90 and will include a tour of the battlefield, Native drum presentation, Native and soldier weapons demonstrations, and a book signing by Smith. Terry Richards, Oglala Lakota, and R.C. Wilson, retired Fort Phil Kearny Superintendent will lead the tour. 

“The tradition of visiting the battlefield on the anniversary of the fight is longstanding and I’m excited to offer some new components to the event,” says Superintendent Misty Stoll.  “The Native narrative of the fort and the fight is most appropriately heard through an oral historian – and Richards knows his stuff.  You can’t get this experience in books or signage.”  The fight occurred on December 21, 1866 between the United States 18th Infantry 2nd Cavalry Regiments and members of the Lakota (Sioux), Northern Cheyenne, and Northern Arapahoe Native American Nations.  At that time, the battle marked the largest defeat of U.S. Forces in the Northern-Plains Territories.

Smith’s Give Me Eighty Men was a best seller in the Bozeman Trail Association Gift Shop during the 2013 visiting season.  Many visitors to Fort Phil Kearny were familiar with the story that pins the blame for the December 21st disaster on Captain William J. Fetterman.  “This book has transformed the way we tell one of the foundational stories of Fort Phil Kearny.  It’s been incredibly exciting to share this new perspective with our visitors,” says Stoll. 

    Following the tour, hot drinks and snacks will provided at the Interpretive Center with an opportunity for visitors to ask questions of the guides and view the museum.  The complete program will take approximately four hours. Visitors are reminded to dress appropriately for the weather and expect wind at the battlefield.  Terry Richards and Thunder Lake Singers are made possible by the Wyoming Humanities Council.  Site fees have been waived for all visitors for the anniversary tour. 

Fort Phil Kearny State History Site is located at 528 Wagon Box Rd in Banner, Wyoming.  For more information call (307) 684-7629 or email the Superintendent at misty.stoll@wyo.gov.


Fort Phil Kearny Kids’ Hunt Offers Unique Landscape

Kids’ Hunt Offers Unique Landscape for Young Hunters

fort-phil-kearny-huntFort Phil Kearny State Historic Site will host the Fourth Annual Kids’ Hunt on November 30 and December 1, 2013. The event is an opportunity for families wanting to hunt with young people under age 18 to harvest pheasants, practice safe hunting skills, and enjoy the Piney Creek landscape at the historic Fort grounds. Hunters will launch at two times during each day: in the morning and in the afternoon. All parties must include a minimum of one youth and a maximum of one adult hunter. Additional adults are encouraged to accompany the party but will not be allowed to hunt. The event is an opportunity for adults to demonstrate good hunting practices while making the youth experience a priority.

Fort Phil Kearny Superintendent Misty Stoll says of the event, “The Fort grounds are an incredibly unique place to hunt. The natural beauty of the landscape mixed with the rich history of the area make the Kids’ Hunt an exciting opportunity for hunters of all ages.” The event is part of the Wyoming State Parks Kids eXtreme mission which encourages youth and families to explore Wyoming’s cultural and natural resources.

Hunters wishing to participate in the Kids’ Hunt are encouraged to stop by the Fort Phil Kearny Interpretive Center during visiting hours, Wednesday thru Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to sign up and receive further direction regarding the event. Space will be limited on hunts. If visiting the site is not an option please call (307) 684 – 7629 to speak with the Superintendent. If space allows, participants can sign up on the day of the hunt but are not guaranteed access. Those wishing to register on the day of the hunt should arrive at 8:00 a.m. to register for the morning hunt and 12:30 p.m. for the afternoon hunt. All hunters must have valid licenses and conservation stamps. Cost is $2 per adult for Wyoming Residents and $4 per adult for Out-Of-State Hunters. Hunters under age 18 will hunt free. The Annual Fort Phil Kearny Kids’ Hunt is made possible by a partnership with Wyoming Game and Fish.

Fort Phil Kearny State History Site is located at 528 Wagon Box Rd in Banner, Wyoming. For more information (307) 684-7629.


Full Moon Fun!

Our very first Full Moon Fort Night was a huge success, even though the full moon was hiding behind some clouds most of the night. Hundreds of people came out to enjoy the cool night air and lantern tours of the Fort grounds, highlighting some of the spookier stories of Fort Phil Kearny’s history.

Big thanks to our crew and, of course, all the great people who came out to enjoy the fun. Look for more family fun events coming your way here at Fort Phil Kearny. And if you haven’t done so yet, make sure you like us on Facebook so you will be automatically updated on Fort Phil Kearny Happenings!


Full Moon Fort October Events

Full Moon Fort Event

Full Moon Fort in Oct, 18th

Fort Phil Kearny hosts “Full Moon Fort” with Lantern Tours

Guided Lantern Tours at Fort Phil Kearny will illuminate the darker side of the Fort and the contested “Bloody Bozeman” as part of a special event on the evening of October 18, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visitors can expect to hear fun facts and “grisly” details related to the daily lives of Natives and Soldiers near the “hated Fort on Buffalo Creek.”

“We don’t have to make anything up to create good narratives. Fort Phil Kearny was an incredibly dramatic place to be in 1866 and 1867,” says Site Superintendent, Misty Stoll. The tours will take place on the night of the October full moon. Visitors are encouraged to dress warmly for the 30 minute tours. The Fort Phil Kearny Interpretive Center and Gift Shop will be open during the duration of the event.

Site fees apply for visitors over the age of 17; Wyoming Residents pay $2, Non-Residents, $4. In the cases of dangerously cold or wet conditions, the event will be canceled. For announcements and more information visit Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site on Facebook and at FortPhilKearny.com.

Fort Phil Kearny State History Site is open Wednesday through Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is located at 528 Wagon Box Rd in Banner, Wyoming off Exit 44 from Interstate 90. For more information call (307) 684-7629 or email the Superintendent at Contact Us.