Buckland Station

Fort Churchill State Historic Park


About Buckland Station

Built in 1870 from materials from Fort Churchill, an army base that was abandoned in 1869, Buckland Station was a Pony Express stop, a supplier for western emigrants, a boarding house and a home for the Buckland family until 1885. Self-guided tours allow for a glimpse of early pioneer life in Nevada and a short video outlines the history of the Station and nearby Fort Churchill. Located across the highway is the Orchard Day Use Area which provides access to picnic tables and charcoal grills, as well as a 2.2-mile Nature Trail that parallels the Carson River and connects Buckland Station to Fort Churchill.

Park Detail


Picnicking/Day Use: Located directly behind Buckland Station are restrooms and picnic tables. Just across the highway is the Orchard Day Use Area where there are more picnic tables and charcoal grills.

Hiking: From the Orchard Day Use Area, visitors can find the Nature Trail that follows the Carson River to Fort Churchill.

Tours: Visitors to Buckland Station can get a glimpse of early pioneer life in Nevada on a self-guided tour through the front of the building. There is a short video outlining the history of Fort Churchill and Buckland Station.

Programs: Information about program scheduling may be obtained from either park staff or kiosks. Upon request, special presentations can be arranged for groups.

Hours: Sat. & Sun.: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Memorial Day - Labor Day also open Thurs. & Fri. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


  • Fires are permitted only in designated fire rings, barbecues or approved portable stoves. Visitors must supply their own firewood.
  • Removing, disturbing or damaging any historic structure, artifact, rock, plant life, fossil or other feature is prohibited. State and federal laws protect this area and its resources.
  • Pets are welcome, but they must be kept on a leash of not more than six feet in length.
  • Visitors are responsible for knowing all park rules and regulations in effect. Detailed rules and regulations are posted at the park or may be obtained from any Park Ranger.
  • Those with developmental and/or physical limitations are invited to enjoy all of the recreational activities of Nevada State Parks. If you would like to request additional support or accommodations, please call the Nevada State Parks division office. We continually seek ways to provide recreational opportunities for people of all abilities and welcome any suggestions you may have.
  • VIew a list of frequently asked questions.


When Fort Churchill was abandoned in 1869, it was sold at a public auction. Samuel Buckland bought all of the buildings for $750. He used materials from the Fort to build a new ranch house in 1870. Samuel Buckland first moved west from Kirkersville, Ohio in 1850 with the California Gold Rush. In 1859 he purchased land near the Carson River in an area called Pleasant Grove. Soon his ranch became a stop for the Overland Stage and, in 1860, he developed a contract with Russell, Majors and Waddell to become a Pony Express stop. Also in 1860, he married Eliza Prentis. Together, they had eight children, only three of whom survived into adulthood. (READ MORE)

Park Fees

Museum admission:  $1.00 (children 12 and under are free)


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