Lebec in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Camels of Fort Tejon
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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Military. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1860.
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 travelingTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lebec CA 93243, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Peter Lebeck (here, next to this marker); Camel Trail Terminus (a few steps from this marker); Camel Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Fort Tejon (within shouting distance of this marker); Peter Lebec (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Don Pedro Fages (approx. 3.2 miles away); El Camino Viejo (approx. 4.8 miles away); Rose Station (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lebec.
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
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