Officers Quarters at Fort Churchill

During the few years that Fort Churchill was active (1860 to 1871), the officers had a pretty good life.  “Fort Churchill was a desirable post to be stationed at for an officer,” says one interpretive sign. “Quarters were excellent, active duties minimal, mail and newspapers arrived with regularity [via Pony Express], the post was served by telegraph, and cities of western Nevada were only a few hours ride away.” Some officers even had their wives and families with them at Fort Churchill.

These crumbling adobe walls once enclosed a parlor, a dining room, two bedrooms, closets, an attached woodshed, and an indoor privy. Overlooking the parade ground from the north (uphill) side of the Fort, the six officers quarters were the only two-story buildings at Fort Churchill.

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Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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