Crow Tribe, USNPS collaborate on interpreting Indian Wars history at Bighorn Canyon NRA

FORT SMITH — In a pasture past a white mobile home with three bent satellite dishes drooping like faded gray sunflowers, a gravestone-sized marker has been erected in the fenced-off field.

Dedicated in 1933, the stone and metal marker denotes the middle of what was once Fort C.F. Smith, an isolated outpost built by the U.S. Army to protect travelers on the Bozeman Trail to the gold camps of Virginia City. Now, only humps in the dandelion-spotted terrain mark the outer walls of the post, built on a bluff overlooking the Bighorn River.

“It’s really interesting that anywhere else in America, this would be a really big site,” said Col. Berris Samples, leader of the Lodge Grass Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, on Tuesday.

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