Kinney Party Sights Black Canyon 1866
In August of 1866, Captain Nathaniel C. Kinney was a man with a lot on his mind. He was the commanding officer in charge of establishing Fort C.F. Smith, another link in what would become a tenuous chain of military posts built guarding the Bozeman Trail. Procuring material for the fort’s construction meant that parties had to be detailed a mile or more away to nearby Lime Kiln Creek, where limestone was quarried and timber cut.
“Grandest And Most Impressive Seen”
On August 30th that changed as Captain Kinney led a party of 12 soldiers, two teamsters and Lieutenant George Templeton in search of timber. After ascending Lime Kiln Creek, the party crossed a grass covered plateau. (Much of the first half of present day Ok-A-Beh Road passes through this area.) Soon the party came upon Black canyon. Lieutenant Templeton recorded the first impressions in his diary.
Following In The Footsteps
Did You Know?
One of the most famous fossil discoveries is within view of Bighorn Canyon. Natural Trap Cave is well known within the scientific community due to the presence of over 40,000 fossil bones, among them the remains of the Short-faced bear, American lion, American Cheetah, American Camel, and Mammoth. More...