Fort Steele originally was a gold rush boom town founded in 1864. Fort Steele was designated an historic site in 1961. Today, Fort Steele offers many attractions, such as horse drawn carriage rides, blacksmithing demonstrations, ice cream making, gold panning, and leather working. Other attractions include an old style candy shop, a store with old-fashioned goods for sale, and a full service restaurant. This picture is the original watch tower which burned in the late 1960s and has now been replaced with a replica. This is a shot from my archives which I took when we stopped there on a early camping trip to Banff National Park.