PLACES TO VISIT
IN THE FORT PHIL KEARNY REGION
Trail End State Historic Site
in Sheridan was built in 1913, and occupied by the family of John B. Kendrick. The site
includes the Carriage House, now used as a local theater, and 3.8 acres of grounds.
Kendrick, at 15, was a peniless cowboy riding the trail from Texas with a herd of cattle.
He became a Wyoming Senator, a U.S. Senator, and Governor of Wyoming, as well as a banker,
land developer, and entrepreneur. The home represents regional and social history of the
early 20th century. It is open daily from April 1-December 14 and for several days at
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||Keyhole Wyoming State Park
Keyhole State Park, located in the Northeast corner of Wyoming near Sundance and
the famous landmark Devils Tower is a 14,720 acres water recreation opportunity.
Famous for its outstanding Walleye fishing and glorious weather from spring through
fall. At 4100-foot elevation it also offers some of the finest snowmobiling in the
state during the winter months. The Park is located off exit 165, I-90, and for
information please write or call Keyhole State Park, 353 McKean Road, Moorcroft, WY
82721, (307) 756-3596.
|Medicine Lodge Wyoming State Archaeological Site - Medicine Lodge
State Archaeological Site is unique in the opportunities it offers the visitor.
Combining a beautiful setting with excellent trout fishing opportunities among cliffs
covered with petroglyphs and pictographs of 10,000 years past, once there the visitor does
not want to leave. The setting, a deep green grass cover valley surround by
red cliffs, a babbling brook, limited, quiet camping, quaint walking paths, unbelievable
historic art, fresh apples off the trees. For information, contact Medicine Lodge
State Archaeological Site, P.O. Box 62, Hyattville, WY 82428 (307) 469-2234
||Buffalo Bill Wyoming State Park - Named after famous frontier scout
William Buffalo Bill Cody and at the time of its construction in 1910 this
325-foot dam was the largest in the world. It is a primier recreational spot at the
west gate of Yellowstone Park offering visitors numerous RV and Tent Camping locations,
fishing, boating, hiking, and other outdoor activities. The reservoir is located at
an elevation of 5,395 feet and has a surface of 8,500 acres. For information and
camping reservations please contact Buffalo Bill State Park at (307) 587-9227. The
park is located 6 miles west of Cody Wyoming, off U.S. Highway 14/16/20.
|Edness Kimball Wilkins Wyoming State Park - Edness Kimball Wilkins
State Park is a day-use park located off Interstate 25, 6 miles east of Casper Wyoming.
Here families, nature lovers, and those looking for solitude can enjoy the huge old
cottonwoods as they cast reflections in the North Platte River. The 315-acre park
with numerous hard surface trails, picnic tables and shelters offers many opportunities
for swimming, fishing, canoeing, picnicking, bird watching and rafting throughout the day.
For additional information about the park, contact Edness, K. Wilkins State Park,
P.O. Box 1596, Evansville, WY 82636, (307) 577-5150.
||South Pass City Wyoming State Historic Site - South Pass City State
Historic Site is one of the most authentic and complete historic sites in the country.
Today you see thirty historic log, frame and stone buildings of the original
1860s community on 39 acres of land. Twenty thousand artifacts are housed in
these structures and interpreted for the visitor with annual events on mining, baseball,
and the historic town residents. Located in a beautiful mountain valley with
numerous nearby camping and fishing opportunities, it is well worth the visit. For
additional information site staff can be contacted at (307) 332-3684. South Pass is
located about 40 miles west of Lander, Wyoming off U.S. Highway 28.
OTHER REGIONAL PUBLIC HISTORIC SITES
Little Big Horn Battlefield, 60 Miles North of Sheridan off I-90, (406)
638-2621. Site of Custers Last Stand and the Reno-Benteen Fight of
June 25-27 1876, when members of the 7th U.S. Cavalry attacked an encampment of Lakota,
Cheyenne, and Arapahoe in an attempt to force the last of the non reservation Indians into
Rosebud Battlefield, 45 Miles North of Sheridan on State Hwy. 338.
Site of General George Crooks fight with Crazy Horse on June 17, 1876,
considered a draw by many. Crooks advance to the north was stopped but he
retained control of the battlefield. Eventually, Crook retreated to the Sheridan
area for re-supply.
Bozeman Trail Museum and Historic Stage Station, Big Horn, Wyoming.
Site of the Bozeman Trail crossing at Big Horn. Museum contains many
artifacts from the trail period and area.
The Hans Kleiber Cabin, Dayton, Wyoming. Features mementos of
this well-known local painter and printer house in his cabin studio.
The Little Blue School, Ranchester, Wyoming. A small single room
school refurbished to the period and located near the present day school system. It
was one of the areas oldest schools.
U.S. Highways 16, 14, 14A over the Big Horn Mountains are all
designated National Scenic By-Ways by the U.S. Forest Service.
Main Streets of Sheridan, Buffalo, Big Horn, Dayton, and Kaycee are
designated as Historic Places and are maintained much as they were in the early
Jim Gatchell Museum, 100 Fort St. Buffalo, WY, 82834,
(307) 684-9331. Containing exhibits on the Native Americans, U.S.Military,
Western Growth, Johnson County War, World Wars, Logging, Sheep, and Cattle Industries.
Exhibits contain numerous Native American, Military, and Western artifacts.
Big Red Gallery at Ucross, Wyoming, features changing art exhibits.
Wyoming Chamber of Commerce
Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce
Travel and Tourism
Converse County Chamber of Commerce
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