I’ve been mentioning Fort Churchill the last few posts, but not showing you much of the old fort itself. Here are some of the adobe ruins as they appear today. Too bad there isn’t more to see. After the fort was closed in 1869, the buildings and everything else that remained was auctioned to the neighboring rancher, Samuel Buckland, for $750. Re-usable architectural parts were salvaged and taken elsewhere, and the adobe walls were left to crumble in the rain, frost, and wind until the 1930s, when preservation and restoration began. Fort Churchill became a Nevada State Park in 1957.
The Mess Hall (left) and Barracks (right)
East side of the parade grounds
Fort Churchill ruins and Churchill Butte
The view from the Museum
One of the locals
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