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Fort Churchill State Historic Park is a state park of Nevada, United States, preserving the remains of a United States Army fort and a waystation on the Pony Express and Central Overland Routes dating back to the 1860s. The site is one end of the historic Fort Churchill and Sand Springs Toll Road. The park is in Lyon County south of the town of Silver Springs, on U.S. Route 95 Alternate, eight miles (13 km) south of U.S. Route 50. Fort Churchill was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961. A 1994 park addition forms a corridor along the Carson River.Arrange to visit Fort Churchill State Historic Park and other attractions in Silver Springs using our Silver Springs trip itinerary planner.
Fort Churchill State Historic Park reviews
Nice little park with a walk around the fort that is being restored. Interesting to look at ruins. Visit the museum for the history first! We combined with a hike along the mostly shaded nature trail.... more
Nice little park with a walk around the fort that is being restored. Interesting to look at ruins. Visit the museum for the history first! We combined with a hike along the mostly shaded nature trail.... more »
This is a hidden gem that I'm sure most US history buffs are aware of. It's not too remote but not exactly right next to anything either. Anyway, if you can somehow stop by for 1-2 hours you will not.... more
This is a hidden gem that I'm sure most US history buffs are aware of. It's not too remote but not exactly right next to anything either. Anyway, if you can somehow stop by for 1-2 hours you will not.... more »
This a a wonderful historical place to visit! The museum is excellent and told the story of the fort very well. The remains of the buildings have been maintained and the trail around the fort is very informative with many signs. I particularly liked the bakery. Close by is the Carson River with a picnic area and a campground. Bring a picnic when you visit!
If you like old west / historic fort type stuff, you'll appreciate this little known park. There are a dozen or so of the original adobe structures to see, but no complete ones and all have been reinforced (except the remains of the bakery) to protect what remains of the underlying adobe. Many of the structures have nice explanatory displays. The structures are spread out so you'll get around a mile of walking in. The fort is situated in a desolate, but pretty valley. The museum was closed when I visited, but it had displays with notes designed for through-window viewing. There are two original cannons on display as well as a few old wagon wheels. The cemetery contains the grave of a rancher and his family, but no Soldiers. I wouldn't invest a lot of effort coming to the park unless you incorporate it with seeing other nearby places. For me, these include Virginia City, the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Genoa and old Dayton.
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