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Fort Laramie in Goshen County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Greatest Ride in History

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2014
1. The Greatest Ride in History Marker
Inscription.  
In memory of the Thoroughbred horse
ridden by
John “Portugee” Phillips
from Fort Phil Kearny Wyoming to Fort Laramie Wyoming December 24, and 25, 1866, when he's sought aid for the garrison at Fort Phil Kearny, which was surrounded by Indians, after the battle with Lieutenant Colonel William F. Fetterman resulting in the death of Lieutenant Colonel Fetterman and 80 men. The horse died from exhaustion soon after arriving at Fort Laramie, having gone 236 miles in two days, through a blizzard with the temperature below zero.

 
Erected 1951 by Historical Landmarks Commission of Wyoming.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsWars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is December 24, 1841.
 
Location. 42° 12.55′ N, 104° 33.713′ W. Marker is in Fort Laramie, Wyoming, in Goshen County. Marker is on State Highway 160 near County Route 52, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Laramie WY 82212, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Rustic Hotel “ . . . No Second-Rate Affair” (approx. 0.3
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2014
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miles away); ‘Where’s the Wall?’ (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Rustic Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Noncommissioned Officers’ Quarters (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Cavalry Stables (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sawmill (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Post Hospital (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Laramie National Historic Site (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Laramie.
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2014
3. The Greatest Ride in History Marker
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4. John “Portugee” Phillips
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 19, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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