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My dream trip to a place I've studied all my life.

Oct 30, 2014 by Dave Gilham

I was given a book by an old relative back in the early sixties. 'Portugee Phillips and the Fighting Sioux' by A.M Anderson. I read it at least once a week as I went through school and couldn't get the images out of my head. (Still have that tattered book by the way) I got to visit the fort 5 years ago and loved it immensely . I had been through a bad accident and was just able to walk again when I came to that wonderful country. I was not able to see the Wheatley/Fisher rocks, nor go up on Pilot Hill as they were off limits at that time. In the last days of September of this year, my friend and I made a bucket list trip there again. I learned from Misty (bless her heart) at the fort office that we could go visit the W/F rocks and were given permission to climb Pilot Hill. I can die and go to heaven now that I've seen the one spot on Fetterman Ridge that I was unable to see before. The feel of the desperate battle that enveloped that ridge is so intense that I could almost feel every emotion from Dec. 21st, 1866. The rocks were something I'd always wanted to put my hands on and I did. The next day , we climbed Pilot Hill. To be on that point where the soldiers up there witnessed and reported so much to the fort was simply incredible. Such a dangerous duty that was carried out every day. The view is breathtaking as you can see so far in every direction. I could feel the heartbeats of the men on that knob when they heard the gunfire beyond Lodge Trail Ridge as Captain Fetterman and his men fought their last fight but could not see them. To have watched Captain Ten Eyck and his command ride out and begin climbing to a vantage point above the battle must have been excrutiating as they waited to see what had become of fellow soldiers and friends. I've learned so much about the probable myth about that fight and the sad, dark conditions that were experienced by the folks in that fort, and also why the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Crow tribes fought so hard to own that country. The land is beautiful and the wild game is so plentiful. I wish I could have seen it without the modern homes and with the buffalo that roamed the land then. I would give anything to be able to make a living back in that country just to live there and explore and learn more. I have some wonderful pictures to share from so many viewpoints on my visit there. I'll try to share them as soon as I figure out how. Thanks for letting me share my experience of a lifetime. Dave Gilham


My dream trip to a place I've studied all my life.

Oct 30, 2014 by Dave Gilham

I was given a book by an old relative back in the early sixties. 'Portugee Phillips and the Fighting Sioux' by A.M Anderson. I read it at least once a week as I went through school and couldn't get the images out of my head. (Still have that tattered book by the way) I got to visit the fort 5 years ago and loved it immensely . I had been through a bad accident and was just able to walk again when I came to that wonderful country. I was not able to see the Wheatley/Fisher rocks, nor go up on Pilot Hill as they were off limits at that time. In the last days of September of this year, my friend and I made a bucket list trip there again. I learned from Misty (bless her heart) at the fort office that we could go visit the W/F rocks and were given permission to climb Pilot Hill. I can die and go to heaven now that I've seen the one spot on Fetterman Ridge that I was unable to see before. The feel of the desperate battle that enveloped that ridge is so intense that I could almost feel every emotion from Dec. 21st, 1866. The rocks were something I'd always wanted to put my hands on and I did. The next day , we climbed Pilot Hill. To be on that point where the soldiers up there witnessed and reported so much to the fort was simply incredible. Such a dangerous duty that was carried out every day. The view is breathtaking as you can see so far in every direction. I could feel the heartbeats of the men on that knob when they heard the gunfire beyond Lodge Trail Ridge as Captain Fetterman and his men fought their last fight but could not see them. To have watched Captain Ten Eyck and his command ride out and begin climbing to a vantage point above the battle must have been excrutiating as they waited to see what had become of fellow soldiers and friends. I've learned so much about the probable myth about that fight and the sad, dark conditions that were experienced by the folks in that fort, and also why the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Crow tribes fought so hard to own that country. The land is beautiful and the wild game is so plentiful. I wish I could have seen it without the modern homes and with the buffalo that roamed the land then. I would give anything to be able to make a living back in that country just to live there and explore and learn more. I have some wonderful pictures to share from so many viewpoints on my visit there. I'll try to share them as soon as I figure out how. Thanks for letting me share my experience of a lifetime. Dave Gilham


Great Customer Service

Oct 21, 2014 by Sylvia Augustus

Sorry about delayed response. We had a wonderful visit to the Fort in September. My husband enjoys visiting battle field sites and Forts, because he loves history and I am a photographer so the Fort Phil Kearny State Historic site was a wonderful find for us both. Starr was an amazing docent her knowledge and enthusiasm were amazing. We will visit the Fort again when traveling through the area.


Great Customer Service

Oct 15, 2014 by Rebecca Cumins

Well, Starr has done it again! We visited Ft. Phil Kearny a short time ago and while there I asked Starr what was the one book I should read. She told me and wondering how I would get so many books back home (I had already bought quite a few) I decided I would order it when I got home. Of course I did not remember the title of the book she had recommended by the time I got home I called her. She told me the title off the top of her head and wanting to support the Ft.Kearny I asked if I could purchase it from her. Two days later I was reading my book and was so thankful Starr was there to remind me of the title and to mail it to my home so quickly. Thank you Starr, you are wonderful!

Rebecca Cumins and Famly


Great full moon tour!

Oct 12, 2014 by Jennifer Meineke

Just got back from the full moon tour- WOW! Great job by everyone involved! We went with Private Murphy and learned all about the typical frontier soldier and hardships they faced; wish we'd have had time to go with Col. Carrington and get his perspective as well. It was above and beyond what I had been expecting. Especially liked the "wolves" and ghost soldiers.

My only suggestions would be to maybe somehow do a pre-registration to avoid start time confusion and to keep the groups smaller so that everyone could hear.


Visitor

Oct 10, 2014 by Rebecca Cumins

We enjoyed our second visit to Fort Phil Kearny very much and there have been many improvements made since our last visit. Starr was especially helpful with her interpretation and recommendation on books to read. She greeted us with a smile and was helpful throughout our whole visit.

Thank you for making our trip so enjoyable.


Three sisters history vacation

Sep 29, 2014 by Judy Aster

My sisters and I were surprised to see how big Fort Phil Kearny was and to find out how close the Fetterman massacre was to the Fort. A lady named Starr went out of her way to answer all our questions and made the whole history of the area come alive. Please tell her how much we appreciated all the information she gave us. It was a very special day for us on a 2 week vacation. Everything was so neat and tidy, too. Judy Aster


Vey Excellent Presentation

Sep 17, 2014 by Jim Russel

Misty made a wonderful presentation today to myself and nine other volunteers and staff of NHTIC in Casper. We came away with a tremendous amount of new knowledge that will probably impact the Native American portion of our presentations at NHTIC. Misty also continued to address questions afterward. Her knowledge and her ability to present it were wonderful.


Return to Fort Phil Kearny

Sep 15, 2014 by Ray Petersen

I was first here in Sept. of 1973 when there was just a cabin and a flag pole. I noticed the sign saying there was a visitor center and decided to stop. Congratulations on this expanding site. I'm quite impressed by what has been accomplished and it caused me to read once again the book on "Fort Phil Kearny" that I purchased in in 1973. They were in almost constant conflict and the story should be better known. Praise to Starr for being a great host and making the visit more enjoyable.


AN UNEXPECTED TREAT

Sep 10, 2014 by Gerald Mulcahy

The visitor center guide STARR was helpful and bouncy and full of good information about the fort. She had plenty of trivial details and bits about the fort that the general public don't know. She was very enthusiastic.


Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site (307) 684-7629 528 Wagon Box Road Banner WY, 82832 USA 4.9 5.0 44 44 I was given a book by an old relative back in the early sixties. 'Portugee Phillips and the Fighting Sioux' by A.M Anderson. I read it at least once a week as I went through school
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8 thoughts on “Visitor Feedback

  1. We stopped at Ft. Phil Kearny after a trip to Custer Battlefield, we found the 2 workers at the site very friendly and informed. Very nice selection of books! We bought several and found the ones suggested by the young man in the visitor center to be quite good. Nice site! Visited Fetterman site and Wagon Box site, after reading more about it, I hope to return and spend more time.

  2. I left this message on another area of this website, but this is a more appropriate area. My wife, her son (my step-son) and myself had the great pleasure of arriving on the August 2nd date of the Wagon Box anniversary. Coming from Troy, Missouri, I very much anticipated my opportunity to see the Fetterman site as well as the Box Wagon site, but was surprised to see AND experience the PASSION of the interpreters, and amazed at the personal knowledge…especially Karen in the visitor’s center! JUST amazed! Not only passion, but she took TIME to explain events! I’ve been involved in education for years teaching at Missouri Baptist University. I’ve been involved as a battalion commander of more that 500 living-historians…hard corp historians who were dedicated to proper interpretation of historical events and the passion demonstrated for Ft. Kearny and the events associated with the site were comparable to any I have ever experienced! I’m SO VERY impressed…and THANKFUL! This was TRULY a great experience and one that I would recommend to EVERYONE! I’ve been to Gettysburg, Antietam, Yorktown, Guilford Courthouse, Chickamauga, Shiloh, you name the place…I’ve probably been there; toured more that 36 countries and hundreds of historic sites that almost to a person would consider more historically significant than these sites…but I believe that this would be an error. The staff here does a phenomenal job! What a brilliant, brilliant experience…and GREAT gift shop and selection of books!!!! Thank you so, so much!

  3. I have been to the site of Ft. Phil Kearny, the Fetterman fight, and the Wagon Box fight several times over the past 40 years. The experience just keeps getting better…a better visitors center, more interpretation, and an informed staff whose passion for the subjects is almost bubbling over. There is so much history in this area of Wyoming and Montana and so accessible it’s a shame to miss it if you’re nearby. I highly recommend taking the time to visit these sites (and others) and discover more about our country’s past.

  4. It was a very informative visit. The staff was so very helpful and made our visit a Great one.
    We truly enjoyed the wagon box fight area and the Fetterman battle field was great.
    There are no words to describe the feeling of standing on the spot where so much history
    was made.
    Thank you all for preserving our heritage!

  5. Misty, We just got back last week from 2 weeks in Wyoming and one of the major highlights of the trip, at least for me was visiting your Ft Phil Kearny site and chatting with your staff about the fort’s history on Saturday, August 26th as well as visiting with Bob Wilson on the morning of the 24th. This was my second time there (my first was with Terry Johnston in 1999 on his Northern Plains Indian Wars tour) but with the reading on the fort’s history (that Bob had pointed me to), this time it made much more sense. I left one of the pictures of my diorama of Ft Phil Kearny with your staff that Saturday which I hope they shared with you. Thank you for the job you’re doing keeping the memory of that “saga” of American history alive.

  6. I have particular interest in the history of the area and visited the Fort Phil Kearney site with my wife with the intention of learning more about the fort and the Fetterman battle. We found the staff enthusiastic, informative and knowledgeable and I learned a good deal more than I could have any other way.

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