Fort Churchill State Historic Park

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10000 Highway 95A
Silver Springs ,

775-577-2345
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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. The park also offers a horse camp where riders can camp with their mounts near Lake Lahontan.

The state park is located eight miles south of Silver Springs on Alternate 95.

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