U.S. Army Camel Corps

U.S. Army Camel Corps (HMONM)

Location: Del Rio, TX 78840 Val Verde County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 22.15', W 100° 53.061'

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U.S. Army Camel Corps The proposal to use camels for commerce and transportation in the arid southwest came about in the 1830s, but it was under U.S. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis that the idea became a reality. The first shipment of camels arrived on the Texas Gulf Coast in 1856, and they were taken to Camp Verde (150 mi. NE of here) for training. Several expeditions made their way west through Del Rio, and this park was the site of one of their camps. Although the officers in charge wrote favorably of the Camel Corps, the Civil War brought the experiment to a close. Confederate troops stationed at nearby Fort Hudson found camels still in the area, and confirmed sightings of wild camels continued into the mid-20th century.
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HM NumberHMONM
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Year Placed2002
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 7:47am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 317103 N 3250362
Decimal Degrees29.36916667, -100.88435000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 22.15', W 100° 53.061'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 22' 9.00" N, 100° 53' 3.66" W
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Area Code(s)830, 432
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401 Ave 2, Del Rio TX 78840, US
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