A monument Honoring John "Portugee" Phillips

A monument Honoring John "Portugee" Phillips (HM1N99)

Location: Banner, WY 82832 Johnson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 31.965', W 106° 49.656'

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One of history's great but little celebrated rides was made between midnight December 21st and Christmas night December 25th in the year 1866. From here at Fort Phil Kearny, where annihilation of Fetterman's force had left the garrison in desperate straits, this ride spanned 236 miles to strategic Fort Laramie, the nearest hope for any succor. John "Portugee" Phillips, shrouded in snow and driven by an arctic wind, made that ride. He rode the Commanding Officer's superb thoroughbred and he rode by night and hid by day, or used the bitter yet advantageous storm to hide his movements and blot his tracks. Thus he eluded pursuing Indians who, anticipating a necessary dash for aid, sought to intercept the speeding pair - resourceful messenger and courageous steed.
HM NumberHM1N99
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Date Added Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 354790 N 4932671
Decimal Degrees44.53275000, -106.82760000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 31.965', W 106° 49.656'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 31' 57.9" N, 106° 49' 39.36" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 528 Wagon Box Rd, Banner WY 82832, US
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