In the movie Twister there is a scene where cows are caught up in a tornado and the character Melissa played by Jami Gertz delivers the line, “we got cows”. During a recent stay at Fort Church Hill State Park in Nevada, my wife and I had the same experience. Not a tornado, but cows! Upon awakening one morning and stepping out of the RV we were greeted by a bevy of bovines throughout the campground. Now cows are nothing new to us when boondocking on open range BLM land, but cows in a designated campground is a little unusual.
Fort Church Hill is a historical park recounting the rough and tumble life of a soldier during the 1860’s in what was then Indian territory. Touring the ruins of the fort and reading the interpretive displays does an excellent job taking you back to the Wild West of the past. The fort contained everything needed to survive in the middle of nowhere and, yes, that included livestock to provide fresh meat and milk to the detachment of soldiers. So I guess letting cows roam through the campground was just another element of “living history” allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in what life would have been like during the active years of the fort.
Reliving the Wild West complete with cow camping, just another adventure in RVing.