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Buckland Station

Fort Churchill State Historic Park


About Buckland Station

Built in 1870 using materials taken from Fort Churchill after its abandonment in 1869, Buckland Station was a Pony Express stop, a trading post, a boarding house, and a home for the Buckland family until 1884. Self-guided tours allow for a glimpse of early pioneer life in Nevada and a short video provides an overview of the history of Buckland Station and nearby Fort Churchill.

Park Detail


Picnicking/Day Use: Located directly behind Buckland Station are restrooms, picnic tables and a charcoal grill. Across the highway is the Orchard Day Use Area with additional picnic tables and charcoal grills.

Hiking: From the Orchard Day Use Area, visitors can access the 2.2-mile (one-way) Nature Trail which parallels the Carson River and connects Buckland Station to Fort Churchill.

Tours: Visitors to Buckland Station can get a glimpse of early pioneer life in Nevada on a self-guided tour of the ground floor of the historic home. There is a short video that provides an overview of the history of Buckland Station and Fort Churchill.

Programs: Information about program schedules may be obtained from park staff or found in kiosks. Group tours or programs may be available upon request.

Park and Office 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.
  • The use of drones or any remote controlled aircraft is not allowed. Visit B4UFLY for more info.
  • Visitors are responsible for knowing all park rules and regulations in effect. Detailed rules and regulations are posted at the park or may be viewed on the Park Rules page.
  • 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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