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Benicia in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Camel Barns

Built in 1853 and 1854 Cost $10,000 and $12,000

 
 
Camel Barns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
1. Camel Barns Marker
Inscription. These finely crafted sandstone buildings were originally constructed for use as warehouses. They gained their name and fame, however, during a brief period in 1863-64 when they were used to stable a herd of camels imported by the U.S. Army for transportation in the American desert.
 
Erected by Benicia Historical Museum.
 
Location. 38° 3.187′ N, 122° 8.056′ W. Marker is in Benicia, California, in Solano County. Marker can be reached from Park Road. Click for map. From the Benicia Arsenal Site take Park Road up the hill and follow the signs to the Camel Barns. Marker is in this post office area: Benicia CA 94510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benicia Barracks Site (approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Commandant's Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gen. Quandt Lane (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1849 - Benicia Arsenal – 1964 (approx. half a mile away); Clock Tower (approx. half a mile away); World War I Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Site of Benicia Seminary (approx. 1.2 miles away); 1854 – Saint Paulís Episcopal Church – 1954 (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Benicia.
 
More about this marker.
The Captain Charles P. Stone Hall image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
2. The Captain Charles P. Stone Hall
Marker is mounted on the front wall of the Captain Charles P. Stone Hall
 
Regarding Camel Barns. The Benicia Camel Barns are now the site of the Benicia Historical Museum.

See "Nearby Marker" 1849-Benicia Arsenal-1964 for Additional Information
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. A series of markers documenting the Army's Great Western Camel Experiment.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Benicia Historical Museum – History of Benicia Arsenal. (Submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. The Benicia Historical Museum Camel Barns Site. (Submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Camel Barns 1853 – 1854
The curious name for these sizable sandstone warehouses has an even more unbelievable origin. Camels were imported by the Army in 1856-57 to transport military supplies and materials into the Southwest desert. The “experiment” was terminated in 1863 leaving the Army with 35 surplus camels. The herd was driven to Benicia and housed in these storehouses until they were auctioned off in 1864.
Source: Historic Benicia Walking Tour Brochure
North End of the Captain Charles P. Stone Hall and Camel Barn image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
3. North End of the Captain Charles P. Stone Hall and Camel Barn
    — Submitted February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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Back View of the Captain Charles P.Stone Hall and Camel Barn image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
4. Back View of the Captain Charles P.Stone Hall and Camel Barn
South End of Second Camel Barn image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
5. South End of Second Camel Barn
Second Camel Barn image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
6. Second Camel Barn
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 5,659 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on , by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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