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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, october 2, 1997 19 Student, sixth grade -- entertaining." section." See further picture on page 4. "The comics. .... Tbe comics:" 482-3016 NO to Abuse 751-11 lS Tonopah 24 Hr. Crisis Line Pahrump i Nel00t00da then and now Fort Churchill/Buckland station focus of historical programs by Phillip I. Earl Nevada Historical Society N extSaturday, October 11, pk personnel at Fort Churchill Sta, te Park will host a celebration of Nevada s early military history. Nevada s Civil War volunteers will provide living history displays and there will be a show of frontier fashions and tours of the museum and the fort. Bernadette Francke will also give a pro- gram on nearby Buckland Station, just down the highway from the fort, at 1 p.m. Buckland Station was acquired by the Nevada State Parks Division from George Ghiglia two years ago. A nomi- nation to the National Register of His- toric Places is currently in the works and there are plans for rehabilitation and restoration of the property in the near future, including the development of an interpretive center in the main building. Samuel Buckland came west from Ohio during the Gold Rush. In 1858 he came back over the Sierra, subsequently operating a freight line between Genoa, Utah Territory, and Placerville, Calif. In 1859, he acquired 1,680 acres on the lower Carson River and set up a way station for trading with emigrant parties traveling west along the Carson River Route. In April 1860, Buckland Station be- Buckland Station in 1915 came a stop for the Pony Express. By midsummer of that year, Fort Churchill had been established and the pony sta- tion was moved. After the Pony Express folded in 1861, Samuel Buckland continued to trade with overland emigrants, acted as a contractor for military supplies and provided forage for the horses of the post. Buckland station also served as the county seat of Churchill County from November 1861 to February 1864, and Buckland himself served on the Board of County Commissioners from 1862 to 1864. In May 1868, Fort Churchill was abandoned. Two years later, Buckland acquired the post at public auction for $750. He proceeded to strip the adobe buildings of doors, windows, benches, roofing and other building materials, which he subsequently used in the construction of his new station. A modi fled Greek Revival structure, the station was the centerpiece of com- mercial and social life on the lower Carson River. Buckland and his wife Eliza also raised eight children there. The construction of the Carson & Colorado Railroad south from Moundhouse in 1880 and 1881 boomed Buckland's farming and ranching enterprises, but tragedy was soon to visit. On January 3, 1884, Eliza died from an infection caused by a severe cut on her foot. Samuel followed almost a year later, Decem- ber 28, 1884. Both are buried in the cemetery at Fort Churchill, as are five of their children. In later years a series of owners held the property: Nathan and Amos Stinson to 1901, Charles Kiser, Lon and Charles Towle, DanielC. Wheeler and the Garaventa Land and Live- stock Company. In 1942, developer Norman Biltz and inventor Everett L. Cord purchased the property from the First National Bank ofReno. Biltz Photo courtesy of Melissa Bell organized a shooting club and a wild game ranch, bringing in pheasants from California for the sport. Frank Ghiglia bought the property in 1964 and held it for the next 31 years. The Fort Churchill program begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Francke's lecture will be at 1 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day living history. For further information, call (702) 577-2345. I