CAMP VERDE

Population 41

Altitude 1,800


General

Small community in beautiful Hill Country area at approximate site of Camp Verde, U.S. Army frontier post which was established July 8, 1855, as headquarters for the famous Army camel experiment. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis promoted experiment to use camels for overland communications and transportation across the rugged, often arid country to the west, terminating at Fort Yuma, California. Taken over by the Confederates in 1861; regarrisoned by Federal in 1865; abandoned in 1869. Only remaining structure is now main ranch house of Nowlin Ranch, not open to the public.

A roadside park on bank of Verde Creek and an old fashioned general store/post office are enjoyed by visitors. On Texas 173 at F.M. 480 intersection, about 12 miles south of Kerrville.

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