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Palo Verde in Imperial County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Camp Gaston

Est. 1859

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1. Fort Gaston Marker
Inscription.  Near this spot, situated on the west bank of the Colorado River, about 45 miles north of Fort Yuma, Camp Gaston was established in 1859 by Captain Henry S. Burton, Company F 3rd Artillery. The camp served as a supply post for the Hoffman Expedition in connection with the new establishment of Fort Mojave in Arizona. Supplies, including two mountain Howitzers, were transported by the two riverboats Colorado and General Jessup. This camp was used intermittently as late as 1868. The camp was named in honor of 2nd Lieutenant William Gaston who was killed in action against the Spokane Indians in 1859. Fort Gaston in Humbolt County, which operated at the same time, was also named for Lieutenant Gaston.
Erected 2014 by E Clampus Vitus John P. Squibob Chapter 1853 and Lost Dutchman Chapter 1857.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesMilitary. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1804.
Location. 33° 25.994′ N, 114° 43.955′ W. Marker
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is in Palo Verde, California, in Imperial County. Marker is at the intersection of Ben Hulse Highway (California Route 78) and 1st Street, on the right when traveling south on Ben Hulse Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7 Ben Hulse Hwy, Palo Verde CA 92266, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Taylor's Ferry (here, next to this marker); Colorado River Ferries (approx. 5.9 miles away in Arizona); 390th Bomb Group (H) (approx. 12˝ miles away); Wiley Well (approx. 15.6 miles away).
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Camp Gaston Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, 2018
2. Camp Gaston Marker
Behind this marker is the Taylor’s Ferry marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2015, by Keith B. Dodds of Maricopa, Az.. This page has been viewed 723 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on August 22, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1. submitted on January 11, 2018, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California.   2. submitted on August 22, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 22, 2024