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Lebec in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Camels of Fort Tejon
 
The Camels of Fort Tejon Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Chris English, June 18, 2010
1. The Camels of Fort Tejon Marker
 
Inscription. In 1856 the U.S. Army started an experiment using camel for supply transport in the southwest. The camels proved ill suited to the American southwest.

In November 1859 a civilian contractor turned over 28 camels to the Army at Fort Tejon.

The post quartermaster cared for the camel herd until 1861 when the herd was transferred to the Los Angeles Depot. With the possible exception of an unsuccessful messenger service in September 1860, the camels were never used in military operations. The "Camel Corps" mentioned in many writings never existed.
 
Erected 2003 by Calif. Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Peter Lebeck Chapter 1866 and Platrix Chapter #2, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 34° 52.472′ N, 118° 53.558′ W. Marker is in Lebec, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Fort Tejon Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Fort Tejon State Park parking lot - southwest corner. Marker is in this post office area: Lebec CA 93243, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. Peter Lebeck (here, next to this marker); Camel Trail Terminus (a few steps from this marker); The First and Only "Camel Brigade" of the United States Army (a few steps from this marker); Lieutenant Edward Fitzgerald Beale (a few steps from this marker); Peter Lebec (about 500 feet away, in a direct line); Fort Tejon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Don Pedro Fages (approx. 3.2 miles away); El Camino Viejo (approx. 4.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lebec.
 
The Camels of Fort Tejon Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Chris English, June 18, 2010
2. The Camels of Fort Tejon Marker
 

 
More about this marker. E Clampus Vitus took this opportunity to set the historical record straight.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Beale's Camel Expedition and Trail - Historic Markers
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 948 times since then. Last updated on July 9, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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