What Goes on at a Fort During the Off Season

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Site Superintendent Misty Stoll checking for coyotes at Fort Phil Kearney (photo by Judy Hagerott)
Site Superintendent Misty Stoll checking for coyotes at Fort Phil Kearney (photo by Judy Hagerott)

It's winter at Fort Phil Kearny. The summertime tourists have headed home and the Interpretive Center at the fort is closed down for the season. Sheridan Media's Judy Hagerott drove on out to find out just what happens behind closed doors at the fort.

It's cold outside at Fort Phil Kearny. The wind whistles as it pushes snow drifts along the fence. The fields are desolate and it feels pretty lonely outside, but walk into the Interpretive Center and the warm welcome of Site Superintendent Misty Stoll and everything changes. She explains the fort's closure.

Just what does Stoll do with all her free time?

Her time also includes lots of research.

There's just something special about Fort Phil Kearney.

A few more months and things at the fort will once again open for visitors. For now, Stoll has her work cut out for her.

Part of her job is to be a good steward with state money.

It takes quite a woman to take on Fort Phil Kearny in the winter.

The fort reopens on May 1st.

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