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Fort Churchill and Buckland Station - All Around Nevada

The virtual-reality tour begins at a spot above the ruins of Fort Churchill. From there you can explore the various structures in detail, and see a period engraving of the fort superimposed upon an aerial viewpoint. You can also click one of the red hotspots to journey to the Carson River near Weeks Bridge on Rt. 95A with the cottonwoods at the peak of their fall colors. From this location you can click the red hotspot to enter nearby Buckland Station.


Touch here for the HMD version. Click here to see the location in Google Maps.

The U.S. Army established Fort Churchill in July 1860 to protect wagon roads and settlers in the region following the bloody battles that year of the Pyramid Lake War between local miners and settlers, and the Northern Paiutes and their allies.
The fort, which occupies 1,384 acres on the north bank of the Carson River, remained active for only nine years before it was abandoned. Today this National Historic Landmark is maintained in a state of arrested decay by the Nevada Division of State Parks.
Buckland Station was a Pony Express stop, supply center, and former hotel. Samuel Buckland began ranching here in 1859. His first home served as an important way station for passengers of the Overland Stage Company. The Pony Express also used the facility for changing mounts. As Fort Churchill was dismantled, Buckland salvaged materials from the fort buildings in 1870 to build the two-story house seen today. The Buckland family lived in the house and rented rooms to travelers. The exterior and the first floor of the interior have been restored.

railroad map

No known photographs of Fort Churchill from its period of operation exist today. This lithographic drawing of the fort was created by Grafton Tyler Brown in 1862. Our virtual-reality tour (above) incorporates the buildings from this lithograph as an optional overlay on the initial VR view of the fort.

The photography for this page was made possibly with the assistance of Nevada State Parks, in particular Scott Egy and Kristin Sanderson.

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  • Virginia Johnson, Historian

    I LOVE our historic neighbors on the south end of my community of Silver Springs, at the corner of US 50 and 95-A , the latter takes visitors to Buckland and Ft. Churchill, on the Carson River – which flows through to Lahontan. These landmarks are true assets of our NV State Parks system – and definitely true assets to our community of Silver Springs. Thank you State Parks and rangers, for all you do to maintain these two beauties, nestled at Weeks on the Carson River. Please visit us at – where we have several other historic sites.
    Silver Springs Community Historian, Virginia Johnson

  • Betty Spencer

    Very interesting Love learning about our nevada county

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