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Fort Fetterman Days
July 4, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Celebrate Independence Day with a little old-fashion fun at a nearly 150-year-old Wyoming Fort!
July 4, 2016 • Fort Fetterman • 752 State Hwy. 93 • Douglas, Wyo. • Day-long event!
8 a.m. Flag raising followed by a FREE pancake breakfast and a day of festivities.
Living History Demonstrations • Frontier Gambler • Cemetery Tours • Old-Fashion Children’s Games
Wagon Rides • FREE Cotton Candy and Ice Cream • Craft and Food Vendors
Tug-of-War • Gunnysack Races • FAMILY FUN!
Famous frontier gambler, Professor Reginal Lamb, is one of the many colorful characters who plan to celebrate Independence Day at historic Fort Fetterman this year. You and your family are sure to enjoy a day of festivities at this historic frontier fort that will turn 150 years old in 2017. Fort Fetterman was completed in July of 1867. It contained quarters for 300 enlisted men and the necessary officers. There was a hospital with 15 beds, stables for 50 horses, a corral capable of holding 50 six-mule wagons and their teams, an ice-house, a root-house, a granary, a bake house, blacksmith shops, sawmills, a saddle shop, a paint shop, and laundresses’ quarters. It was a welcome addition when a steam engine was installed to pump water from the North Platte River, saving the soldiers from packing it up the steep bank a bucket at a time. Soldiers assigned to the post considered it a hardship assignment. Winters were long and hard and dessertions were frequent. Today visitors can walk the historic grounds and tour the restored officers’ quarters and ordnance warehouse. A gazebo overlooks the North Platte River, allowing one a place to ponder just how much life in Wyoming has changed over the last 150 years. The military abandoned the Fort in 1882. It persisted for a time as Fetterman City, but declined rapidly when Douglas was established 11 miles away with the arrival of the railroad in 1886. Come experience this fascinating piece of Wyoming history for yourself this Independence Day!