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.