“A fascinating historical spot”
Fort Fred Steele State Historic site is about 13 miles east of Rawlins, Wyoming and 1.25 miles north of Ft. Steele Rest Area just off of Interstate 80, exit 228. Established on June 20, 1868 by Colonel Richard I. Dodge, who selected this site on the west bank of the North Platte River, and named the fort for Major General Frederick Steele, 20th U.S. Infantry, a Civil War hero. Fort Fred Steele was occupied until August 7, 1886 by soldiers who were sent by the U.S. Government to guard the construction of the transcontinental railroad against attack from Indians. This frontier Army post has a fascinating history interlacing transportation with the military and the growth of the local industries that transformed this part of Wyoming. A variety of stories are told showing how Fort Steele’s significance extends far beyond the boundaries of the Fort. These include stories about: the military’s role in shaping the local area and helping a nation grow, the transcontinental railroad, the Lincoln Highway, major industries of the time, and a number of early Wyoming and U.S. military personalities.
Very interesting place to catch a glipse of an important time in American history. The main site itself isn't very large and I managed to wander through it on my own in less than a half an hour (I would imagine that there are caretakers that can tell you more about the place, but I just looked around on my own). I found it to be fascinating, but I would really only recommend it to anyone who has a deep interest of American military/railroad history as it is otherwise pretty obscure. But, if you aren't in a hurry and need to stretch your legs, take a moment to learn about what the life of a soldier in the middle of nowhere was like back in the days of "Cowboys and Indians".
I wish it wasn’t so cold and windy when we visit. We speed walked thru the ruins but stopped and spent time in the buildings to warm up. My husband and I love to visit historical sites so it was sad that we couldn’t spend more time. There is a walking tour brochure in the tender’s house.
Not much there but interesting to be in a place with that much history that has not been made into a tourist trap. There is a Car / Truck Rest Stop right next to it where I spent the night. It was nice, quiet and convenient. I would stop there again if in the area.
I lived there in 1979
Exit 228 off route 80. About 7 miles east of Sinclair. Do not follow navigation thru road trippers site.
This is a nice place to stretch your legs to break up a long trip. I am disappointed in what is there. It is a beautiful spot along the river and the train tracks. That was the only good part about the stop it is true about the historical importance of this time. . But without the actual official description seen on this site I would not have understood the significance of this historical site. The plaques were not informative enough to give me full understanding. I would only stop if you want to get out and take a little walk. There is no food or gas nearby.
Great historical site to visit. Lots of history at this site. Grounds hosts were very friendly and informative, of the site and the area.
Only open Memorial Day thru Labor Day
Unless you are driving by this then don't bother. Wish I had that time back. It's a open field with some old foundations.
Nice to get out and stretch legs, but not a lot to see.
Elementary age kids rated it 2 stars.
Neat place to stop if you are passing by. We found a lot of old pottery among the ruins.
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