The year is 1861. In Nevada and the American West newly arrived settlers are vulnerable to harm by raiders. The Pony Express, likewise, falls victim to highway bandits. The solution: Fort Churchill. Here the United States Army protected the surrounding area from attacks. It also provided a lookout point for preventing altercations. Named after Sylvester Churchill (a distant relative of the England's WWII Prime Minister), the fort features ruins, a museum, and a beautiful picnic area. The park is open 24/7; the entrance fee is $5.