Located in Ranchester off of Interstate 90, Connor Battlefield State Historic Site was where the U.S. Army and the Arapahoe tribe met in the Battle of Tongue River.

The battle is considered the most important engagement of the Powder River Expedition of 1865. It caused the Arapahoe to ally with the Sioux and Cheyenne tribes at the Fetterman Fight just a year later.

The park has picnic areas, a playground, overnight camping facilities, fishing access and historic interpretations.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the battle that occurred on Aug. 29, 1865. Several people, including town historian Kim Fuka and Sheridan diorama artist Tom Warnke, have teamed up to commemorate the anniversary.

A diorama created by Warnke and several area residents is currently in the works and will be dedicated to the town on Aug. 29 as part of the anniversary commemoration.

It will take more than 500 hours of work to complete and will include more than 500 miniscule pieces including 91 cavalrymen, 30 Arapahoe scouts and 99 villagers as well as teepees, trees and a model of the Tongue River.

 

More information

• Location: Two blocks off of U.S. Highway 14 in Rancheste

• Phone: 307-684-762

• Email: misty.stoll@wyo.go

• Website: wyoparks.state.wy.us/Site/ SiteInfo.aspx?siteID=1

• Camping: There are 20 camping sites operated on a first come, first served basis. The park closes for camping on Oct. 31.