Fort Churchill State Historic Park
10000 Highway 95A
Silver Springs, Nevada
Fort Churchill, a U.S. Army fort built in 1861, provided protection for early settlers. The fort was deserted nine years later, and ruins are all that remain today. A visitor center displays information and artifacts of the fort's history. The Pony Express and the Overland Telegraph once passed through this area, and nearby Buckland Station was a Pony Express stop. Facilities at Fort Churchill include trails, a campground, picnic area, group use area, and access to the Carson River. Visitors can experience outstanding hiking, camping, picnicking, photography, horseback riding, canoeing, and historic and environmental education.
Buckland Station was a stage stop, Pony Express station, and hotel built in 1870 using materials from the abandoned remains of Fort Churchill. The station is now operated as a museum and serves as a reminder of the industrious spirit of Nevada's early pioneers.
Northeast of the fort are the Carson River Ranches, once privately owned working ranches that were purchased in 1995 by Nevada State Parks. The Carson River meanders through the ranch areas and provides a woodland/river setting unique to northern Nevada. Visitors can hike, camp, and also enjoy equestrian facilities.
The state park is located eight miles south of Silver Springs on Alternate 95.
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