39° 17' 35"N, 119° 15' 01"W - CHURCHILL BUTTE quad
|VISITED||June 2003 .|
|DIRECTIONS||Fallon to Silver Springs via U.S. 50 27 miles; then south on 95A 9.3 miles to Buckland's Sation. While you're in the area, you might was well stop and see Fort Churchill, less than three miles away.From Fallon: 36.3 miles|
Buckland's Station was the first county seat of Churchill County before it was wrested away by La Plata in 1864, who lost it to Stillwater four years later in 1868. Technically speaking, Buckland's was a joint county seat with Lyon County, since it was attached to Lyon for judicial and revenue purposes. Samuel Buckland brought cattle to the area in 1857 from California. He eventually built a toll crossing over the Carson River and established a stage station and a tent hotel. In 1860 he built a small log cabin. Buckland's Station was used as a Pony Express stop until the construction of nearby Fort Churchill. In 1861, the U.S. Army built nearby Fort Churchill, a scant one and three-quarter miles away on horseback. During 1864 Buckland opened a store to service Fort Churchill, travelers, and neighbors. In 1869 when Fort Churchill was closed in 1869, he purchased some of the materials used to build the fort and constructed the large frame building that still stands today. Samuel Buckland, his wife Eliza, and six of their nine children are buried in the cemetery at Fort Churchill. Buckland's Station is part of Fort Churchill State Historic Park.
Buckland's Station is currently (2003) being restored. There are several outbuildings and corrals of various ages and conditions, both adjacent to the Station and across Highway 95.