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Banner in Sheridan County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Lesson Learned

Archaeology at Fort Phil Kearny

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
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Inscription.
Documented archaeology began at Fort Phil Kearny in 1961 and reoccurred in 1970, 1991-92, 1999 and 2000. The initial work was done by Gene Galloway who salvaged artifacts during the county road construction. In 1970-71 George Frison studied the site, determining stockade, gate, southeast blockhouse and flagpole locations. Richard Fox searched for the southwest blockhouse, sutler store, and post commanderís residence in 1991 and 1992. In 1999-2000 Tom Larson and Lewis Somers studies, using subsurface mapping techniques, provided images of the under grounds (see illustrations below) of the upper stockade and itís diagonal blockhouses.

These studies have provided a great deal of insight into understanding the fort site. Many historic features have been confirmed, including locations of the upper-stockade, main gate, blockhouse, gun bastion, sutler store, and commanderís house. Various construction techniques have been identified, and many personal artifacts have been recovered. We now know that the period historic maps are reasonably accurate, but questions remain. We do not know the exact location of the magazine, unidentified buildings have shown up on the ground radar research and historically recorded ones have not.

The archeology has provided us a better understanding of Fort Phil Kearny. It has given us some understanding
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By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
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of the reliability of the historical record, and pointed out new directions for study. There is still much to be learned.
 
Location. 44° 31.88′ N, 106° 49.482′ W. Marker is in Banner, Wyoming, in Sheridan County. Marker can be reached from Wagon Box Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located inside Fort Phil Kearny. Marker is in this post office area: Banner WY 82832, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Laundress Row: (a few steps from this marker); The Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); The Civilians: (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Cavalrymanís Quarters: (about 300 feet away); The Quartermaster Corral: (about 300 feet away); The Guard House: (about 400 feet away); The Magazine: (about 400 feet away); Site of Fort Phil Kearny (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Banner.
 
More about this marker. A photograph of the 1992 Archaeology Crew appears at the bottom left of the marker. The bottom right contains the 99-2000 Subsurface Survey Area, a Sensitivity Map, and a Magnetic Map.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 25, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
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Categories. Forts, Castles
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 24, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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