By Shelby Kruse
The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange 

Fort Phil Kearny: Gruesome history lends intrigue to alleged paranormal encounters


October 26, 2023

Shelby Kruse, The Sheridan Press

The wall on the pathway leading up to the entrance of Fort Phil is symbolic of what once stood from 1866-1868, as the original fort and all of the structures inside were burned to the ground by the Northern Cheyenne Native American tribe following the withdrawal of U.S. Army troops.

SHERIDAN - Fort Phil Kearny was established by the U.S. Army on July 15, 1866 with the original purpose of protecting freighters and travelers along the Bozeman Trail from Native American tribes. Standing for only two years, the fort would become the site of a deadly battle that spelled death for 81 men.

Today, the fort's bloodied history is the catalyst for ghost stories aplenty.

Of two major battles at the fort, the one with the highest number of fatalities was the Fetterman Fight, also known as the Fetterman Massacre or, by the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho Native American trib...

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