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Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site

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Really interesting visit

The Fort and museum made the visit very worthwhile.It was a lovely sunny day and the walk around... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2018
Inverness, United Kingdom
How the West was won

Fort Phil Kearny was the largest and most celebrated of the three stockaded fortifications along... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 5 November 2018

The Fort and museum made the visit very worthwhile.It was a lovely sunny day and the walk around the fortifications was very welcome a after a day driving across Montana.A very knowledgeable and helpful Ranger gave us a great insight as to how life was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

Fort Phil Kearny was the largest and most celebrated of the three stockaded fortifications along the east side of the Bighorn Mountains on the famous Bozeman Trail. Along with lesser known Fort Reno and Fort C.F. Smith, it was established at the height of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

Fort Phil Kearney was built at a sad time in American history when the Native peoples were being pushed aside by Manifest Destiny. Fort Kearney only existed for a few years but featured in some historic battles in the local tribes' resistance to having their...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 21 September 2018

Stopped here for a break from the highway. It was an excellent museum with a fort and a battle site from the conflict between the Indians and U.S. Cavalry. We were surprised to learn of this battle and the loss of 81 of th Cavalry....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

Somewhere we had wanted to visit for a long time and was very pleased with the outcome. From the minute we arrived the enthusiasm of the receptionist was amazing. We spent the next 2/3 hour's there just enthralled with everything. It's one of those places...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 17 September 2018

And the US Army was defeated the same way, and the Fort ultimately burned, which is why there is nothing left but the broad outlines. The interpretive center is state run and very small, but still gives an accounting of the site. I found it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 13 July 2018

Fort Phil Kearny was named after a union general killed in the civil war. This fort and 2 others were sited to protect the traveler on the bozeman trail in 1866. It was only open for 2 years but saw lots of action between the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Barry and Nicol... G
Reviewed 8 July 2018

A great stop either before or after visiting Little Big Horn. The presentation by the staff was excellent and put the history, the battles, etc. into perspective and was very informative. This site was one of the Forts along the Bozeman trail and is an...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Kjbb147
Reviewed 1 May 2018

We stopped here on our way from Buffalo to Cody and when we didn't see much, we decided to skip it and drive on to Cody to see the Buffalo Bill Center. Maybe we will see it next time.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank houstonnative47
Reviewed 18 March 2018

The site of the 'Fetterman Massacre' is pretty much as it was back in the day, and the walk is great - you can trace the entire battle area. But to call it a massacre is a misnomer and part of the continued racist vibe...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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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