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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.
 
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.
 
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 miles away); ‘Where’s the Wall?’ (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Rustic Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Noncommissioned Officers’ Quarters
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2014
2. The Greatest Ride in History Marker
(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.
 
Also see . . .  The Famous Ride of John "Portuguese" Phillips - Fort Phil Kearny. As the man credited for carrying the news of the Fetterman Disaster through hostile Indian country 236 miles from Fort Phil Kearny to Fort Laramie, John "Portuguese" Phillips has long been celebrated in histories, novels, and poems, as Wyoming's frontier hero. While time has diminished his achievement, as fact has replaced fiction, he remains a man worthy of respect and admiration, exemplifying pioneer qualities of self-sacrifice and endurance. (Submitted on December 19, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. AnimalsWars, US Indian
 
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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 June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 19, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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