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July 2013 events at Fort Churchill State Historic Park

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SILVER SPRINGS – Fort Churchill State Historic Park is offering a variety of events, including a history talk and cannon firing on the 4th of July, a night hike, a full moon hike and a lecture about the Dangberg Home Ranch. The park’s per-vehicle entrance fee is $7 with a $2 discount for Nevada residents; the events are free. Buckland Station is $1 per person; children 12 and under are free. Cash and checks are accepted. Contact Kim Clawson at 775-577-4880 or at [email protected] for more information.

July 4: History Talk and Cannon Firing
Learn about the history of Fort Churchill State Historic Park, sample hardtack and discover what life was like for soldiers stationed here in the 1860s. There will be a Springfield black powder rifle and cannon firing demonstration. After the cannon firing, there will be an adobe brick making demonstration.
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Fort Churchill is located approximately eight miles south of Silver Springs, NV on Highway 95A. Turn onto Fort Churchill road and follow the signs into the park. This program will be held beside the museum, next to the cannons.

July 6: Night Hike
Look for scorpions and learn a few new constellations! Reservations are required for this hike and are limited to 30. Meeting location is made known upon reservation. To make reservations, call 775-577-4880 or e-mail at [email protected], leaving your name, phone number and how many in your party. This hike will be approximately 0.6 miles long and will last about an hour. Participants should bring water, good shoes, warm clothes and insect repellant. Red flashlights are recommended as they do not negatively affect night vision. Dogs are not permitted on this hike.
WHEN: Saturday, July 6, at 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Fort Churchill is located approximately eight miles south of Silver Springs, NV on Highway 95A. Turn onto Fort Churchill Road and follow the signs into the park.

July 22: Full Moon Hike
Explore the Nature Trail along the Carson River by moonlight! Reservations are required for this event and are limited to 30. Meeting location is made known upon registration. To make reservations, call 775-577-4880 or e-mail at [email protected], leaving your name, phone number and how many in your party. This hike will be about 2 miles long. Participants should bring water, good shoes, warm clothes and insect repellant. Flashlights and binoculars are recommended. Dogs are not permitted on this hike.
WHEN: Monday, July 22, at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Fort Churchill is located approximately eight miles south of Silver Springs, NV on Highway 95A. Turn onto Fort Churchill Road and follow the signs into the park.

July 27: Lecture – Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park
Enjoy a slideshow presentation from the Dangberg Home Ranch Parks Curator, Mark Jensen, as he speaks on the history of the Dangberg family and their ranch located in Minden, Nevada. German immigrant Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg began ranching in Nevada in 1857. He and his family later became one of the most influential families in Carson Valley History.
WHEN: Saturday, July 27, at 1 p.m.
WHERE: Buckland Station is located nine miles south of Silver Springs on Highway 95A. Buckland Station is the large, two-story white building on the left, about ½ mile south of the railroad tracks.