Encyclopedia Of Forlorn Places

Fort Churchill, Nevada

Fort Churchill, Nevada

Conflict grew between Europeans and natives as settlers began moving into Nevada after the Comstock load was discovered in 1859. Virginia City, Gold Hill and Silver City were the towns at the heart of the Comstock lode. The Nevada capital, Carson City was also settled as a result of the mining of the Comstock Lode. Fort Churchill was built in 1860 to aid in suppressing and controlling the native population in the area. The fort was abandoned in 1869. Today the ruins of the fort are owned by the state of Nevada and operated as Fort Churchill State Historic Park. The park charges a $7 dollar fee to park and walk around the ruins. Signs threaten a hefty fine if the fee is not paid. The park has an attached campground that looked very nice but I didn't spend the night.

Fort Churchill, Nevada