Fort Phil Kearny to present living history demonstrations

SHERIDAN — Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site will present living history demonstrations, lectures and games at the site Aug. 2-3.

Headlining the event is expert military bugler Craig Fischer who will demonstrate the purpose and technique of the bugle for the frontier military.

At 6 p.m. Aug. 2, a lecture and demonstration by Robert Wilson and Kearny’s Frontier Regulars, including costumed guides, will detail the events of the Wagon Box Fight that occurred on that day 146 years ago. This will take place at the Wagon Box Fight Site on Wagon Box Road off Interstate 90 exit 44 for Piney Creek.

On Aug. 3, events begin at 10 a.m. at Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site. Bugling demonstrations will occur throughout the day. Living history demonstrations will include infantry, cavalry and artillery weapons and accoutrements. The Fort’s field howitzer will be fired on the hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Additional activities include opportunities to participate in marching drills, archery and musket loading, a “treasure hunt,” tours of teepees and tents, and a guided history and nature tour along Lower Piney Creek.

Visitors should dress for the weather — including hats — and bring sunscreen and water. Beverages and snacks are available in the Bozeman Trail Association Gift Shop.

Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site is located at 528 Wagon Box Road in Banner.

For more information call 684-7629 or email the superintendent at misty.stoll@wyo.gov.

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