LYON COUNTY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- It's a testament to one of the true pioneers of western history.
You've likely passed a it number of times and barely noticed it. Nestled among the trees along the Carson River, Buckland Station proudly stands just off of Highway 95A, about eight miles south of Silver Springs, and much like Fort Churchill that stood just a couple hundred yards away, it served a major role in Nevada and western history.
One of the most active times in the history of Buckland Station was probably 1860 when Samuel Buckland himself built a log cabin nearby. This entire property was bustling: it was a Pony Express stop, and also served as a rallying point for soldiers that were fighting in the Pyramid Lake Indian War. Just a few years later, he had built a store, established commerce in the area and built a beautiful home on the Carson River. Most of the materials came from the demolition of Fort Churchill itself.
Samuel and his wife, Eliza, had nine children, but a testament to the tough living at the time, only three of them lived to adulthood. They're buried in a modest cemetery nearby. Eliza died in January of 1884 after being cut in a freak accident, and it devastated Samuel. His health deteriorated quickly and he died in December of the same year. Samuel and Eliza rest side by side as well.
Now, Buckland Station remains remarkably preserved as it did over a century ago, ready to welcome new visitors who want to step 150 years back in time, just a few feet off the highway.
If you'd like to stop by, Buckland Station has tours every Saturday and Sunday and Tuesday from 10am-2pm. It's just a dollar for adults, and kids under 12 are free. For more information, or to schedule a tour, call 577-4880.