FORT PHIL KEARNY

WYOMING STATE HISTORIC SITE, NATIONAL LANDMARK and INTERPRETIVE CENTER

528 Wagon Box Road

Banner, WY  82832  -   307-684-7629

Fort Phil Kearny Area Attractions

These local attractions are anywhere from minutes to two hours

from Fort Phil Kearny.

Please click on the site's name or photo for more information and seasonal hours.

For Historical Markers and Monuments click here

Established in 1898, the Big Horn Polo Club in the foothills of the majestic Big Horn Mountains and features four fields. Spectators are encouraged to come to Sunday polo for an afternoon of tailgating. Admission is free. There are bleachers and an announcer for each Sunday game. Concessions are available for food and drinks. June - Labor Day weekend. Practice games on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Sunday tournament games Please see schedule here .

North Central Wyoming

This spectacular mountain range rises between the Powder River and Big Horn Basins, offering year round recreation, and connecting locals and visitors to a land rich in history and beauty. For centuries, this mountain landscape has provided renewal for Native Americans, homesteaders and modern day explorers.

Big Horn, WY

Built in 1879 by the Rock Creek Stage Line, the Blacksmith Shop is now home to the Bozeman Trail Museum The collection includes Indian artifacts, dentistry tools, photos of our area, pioneer clothing, books, blacksmith tools, and many other artifacts from pioneer families. 

Buffalo, WY

Walk in the paths of pioneers, outlaws, gold miners, soldiers, and cowboys.Since being founded in 1879, Buffalo has seen its share of historic personalities: Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Tom Horn, Calamity Jane, Teddy Roosevelt and Owen Wister sought out a cozy bed and a strong drink in town. History, mixed with quaint shops, great restaurants and friendly folk, make Buffalo a place to spend some quality time.

Kaycee, WY

A  spectacularly detailed one and a half life sized bronze sculpture built in memory of world champion professional bareback rider and singer/songwriter Chris LeDoux. The 3,500 pound statue titled ‘Good Ride Cowboy,’ which was created by Buffalo Artist D. Michael Thomas, serves as the centerpiece of the park.

Ranchester, WY

Battle of the Tongue River.

Connor Battle was the single most important engagement of the Powder River Expedition of 1865, and caused the Arapaho to ally with the Sioux and Cheyenne at the Fetterman Fight a year later. The park has picnic areas, a playground, overnight camping facilities, fishing access as well as historic interpretations.

Sheridan, WY

Visitors are invited to browse and linger in the Don King Museum located off the Rope Shop.

The museum houses over three decades of the King family’s dedication to collecting Western and cowboy memorabilia from all over the world.

In addition to the hundreds of saddles that line the walls, the Don King Museum also showcases perfectly preserved wagons, coaches, Indian artifacts, guns, Western tack and original artwork.

Wolf, WY

An historic Wyoming dude ranch and working cattle ranch located on the magnificent, pine covered eastern slopes of the Bighorn Mountains in northeastern Wyoming. Just eighteen miles west of Sheridan, the Ranch consists of 7,000 acres of beautiful open country with rolling hills, grassy meadows and hidden valleys. Twisting processions of cottonwood and pine trees mark the course of tumbling streams that roll out of the mountains.

Banner, WY

Just a few miles from Fort Phil Kearny, the Fetterman Battlefield is the site of the U.S. Army's worst defeat by Plains Indian groups with the exception of the Battle of Little Big Horn.

Casper, WY

A reconstructed 1865 military post located at a major river crossing on the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California, Pony Express, and transcontinental telegraph trail corridor.

Explore central Wyoming’s regional history museum, featuring exhibits on prehistoric peoples, Plains Indians, ranching, the energy industry, and the City of Casper as well as the western emigrant trails and frontier army.

Banner, WY

The Fort Phil Kearny staff in the Interpretive Center and Gift Shop will introduce visitors to the context of the Indian Wars and Bozeman Trail and can guide them through a viewing of the Fort diorama that depicts, to scale, the complete fort as it would have looked in the fall of 1866. Visitors can then enter the original site, through reconstructed stockade walls, and experience the expansive grounds of the largest stockaded fort in the west.  Corner posts and signs inform visitors where original buildings stood, and stockade sections demonstrate exactly how the wall was built to protect soldiers, civilians (including families), and supplies from Native American warriors, as well as large populations of hungry timberwolves.

Historical Markers

North Central Wyoming

Please see this LINK for most of the Wyoming Historical Markers in the Fort Phil Kearny area. It a work in progress!

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Kaycee, WY

Founded in 1989 by a group of Kaycee volunteers in order to preserve the unique local cultural heritage of Kaycee and the surrounding countryside. That heritage includes Native Americans, the Bozeman Trail, Trappers, Traders, and Pioneers, Fort Reno, German Missionaries settlement, and the Portuguese Houses site, conflicts with natives such as the Dull Knife Battle, the Cattle Boom, Cattle Barons and Frewen Castle, the Johnson County War, the Outlaw Era, the Hole in the Wall Gang, Butch Cassidy, Sundance Kid, Kid Curry, and other local outlaws.

Buffalo, WY

Part of the Buffalo community since 1900 when Jim Gatchell opened a drugstore. The Buffalo Pharmacy was a stopping place for cowboys, lawmen, settlers, cattle barons, and famous army scouts. As a trusted friend of the region’s Native Americans, he received many gifts representing the culture including guns, war bonnets, tools, medicine bags, bows, arrows, and clothing. Soon local residents were donating mementos of Johnson County’s historic names, places, and events.

Buffalo, WY

This local history collection contains photographs (most of which are now digitized and easy to search), oral history cassettes (with printed transcriptions), video tapes, obituaries, newspaper clippings, family histories, cemetery records, and more…

Between Buffalo and Banner, WY

Picnicking, camping, fishing, boating, history and legends make Lake DeSmet a family destination. This natural lake is now over 3,600 acres and about 10-15 minute drive from Fort Phil Kearny.

Crow Agency, MT

This area memorializes the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne in one of the Indian's last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. Here on June 25 and 26 of 1876, 263 soldiers, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer and attached personnel of the U.S. Army, died fighting several thousand Lakota, and Cheyenne warriors.

Casper, WY

Explore exhibits related to names that are legendary in Western history, and on the Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express Trails. Through these exhibits, capture the real-life drama that the half-million pioneers experienced as they followed these trails between 1841 and 1868.

Buffalo, WY

When you step through the front door of the Historic Occidental Hotel in Buffalo, Wyoming, you are truly stepping back into the Old West. In fact, everywhere you walk in this famous hotel, you will be walking where many famous people of the Old West walked – Butch Cassidy and the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill, Tom Horn, the young Teddy Roosevelt... and many more. And everywhere you look, you will see the Old West the way it really was.

Rosebud, MT

Rosebud Battlefield is associated with the lead up to the Battle of Little Bighorn. It represents the proactive position of the 1,500 Sioux and Northern Cheyenne as they forced the withdrawal of Brigadier General George Crook's 1,000 troops at Rosebud Creek. The presence of thousands of warriors and soldiers on the field on June 17, 1876, made the day one of the largest battles of the Indian wars.

Sheridan, WY

The Fulmer Library's Wyoming Room is a MUST SEE for all of you interested in history. To read more, please click here for Mary Ellen McWilliams "Sheridan County's Best Kept Secret" Parts 1-3

Sheridan, WY

Visitors to the Sheridan County Museum explore the history of the American West from a local perspective. Exhibits focus on local history, industry, and the ties to the larger narrative of American history.

Sheridan's Historic Main Street

Sheridan, WY

Sheridan boasts 46 buildings on the National Registry of Historic Places. Historic Downtown is home to dozens of unique shops, restaurants, galleries and cafes, and some of the Mountain West’s most legendary watering holes. King’s Saddlery is one of the world’s finest tack stores, the WYO Theater is an Art Deco masterpiece, and the city’s public art projects have turned every corner into a celebration of local culture where there's something for everyone.

Sheridan, WY

As one of the original Sheridan, WY hotels, constructed in 1892, the Sheridan Inn was conceptualized and developed by William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. As part owner, “Buffalo Bill” directed hotel management, and even auditioned new members for his touring company show from the front porch.

Sheridan, WY

From it's authentically furnished rooms to its finely manicured lawns, Trail End displays an elegantly different aspect of Wyoming's rich and colorful history. Built in the Flemish Revival style, the 13,748 square foot mansion known as Trail End provides an intriguing glimpse into life during the period 1913 to 1933

Ucross, WY

Located in the historic Big Red Barn, the Art Gallery showcases 4 exhibits annually from outstanding contemporary artists of the region, as well as historical exhibitions that reflect and explore our location's rich history. 

Story, WY

Red Cloud and more than 1,000 warriors gathered and attacked woodcutters and soldiers near a spot about six miles northwest of Fort Phil Kearny on August 2nd, 1867.

What happened over the course of six hours became known as the Wagon Box Fight, a relatively small battle that became well known for several reasons. It was the Army’s first chance to claim victory after the Fetterman disaster, though in retrospect the fight seems more like a draw.

Sheridan, WY

Whitney Commons is great for the children and adults with a universally accessible play structure designed for fun and safety, large turf areas supporting any number of informal leisure activities, vintage lighting illuminating pedestrian walks and bike paths.

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