DATES OPEN: May 1 through September 15
HOURS: 9 AM to 7 PM
FACILITIES: Viewing area, interpretative trail, and fishing. Camping is prohibited.
ADMISSION: No fee
HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE: Yes
LOCATION: East of Rawlins—from Interstate 80, take Exit 219 toward Sinclair and follow the signs.
Fort Fred Steele
In 1868, laborers were hard at work building the Union Pacific portion of the transcontinental railroad. In Wyoming, the U.S. government established three outposts to protect work crews and blossoming communities along the railroad route. Named after the Union general of the 20th U.S. Infantry, Fort Fred Steele was one such military post. After the railroad was complete, Fort Fred Steele remained an important settlement on the rail line since it provided protection for the vulnerable railroad bridge across the North Platte River. By 1886, however, the fort closed, and the town of Fort Steele became quiet until the construction of the Lincoln Highway during the first part of the 20th century. Until it was rerouted to the present location of Interstate 80, the Lincoln Highway took motorists straight through the middle of Fort Fred Steele. Today, visitors to the fort can walk along an interpretive trail and see the remnants of two large warehouses, the officer’s quarters, and the powder magazine, the only fully intact structure remaining. Spend an afternoon strolling among the fort’s surviving buildings and foundations and listen for the sounds of sledgehammers striking metal.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
ON THE WEB:
AT THE LIBRARY:
Wyoming’s Historic Forts, by Barbara Fifer with photographs by Fred
Pflughoft and David Morris. Farcountry Press, 2002.
Protect Our Heritage!
Help preserve Fort Fred Steele for future generations. Please do not remove artifacts or natural resources or disturb plant life. Please keep vehicles on designated roads and keep pets under control. Additionally, the following items are prohibited: firearms, fireworks, and metal detectors.
To report vandalism, call:
Seminoe State Park Office