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Near Coleman in Coleman County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Ruins of Camp Colorado

 
 
Ruins of Camp Colorado Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 3, 2016
1. Ruins of Camp Colorado Marker
Inscription.  

Originally established on the Colorado River by the United States Army as a protection for the frontier against hostile Indians

Moved in August, 1856, to this site

Abandoned by Federal troops February 26, 1861

The site became the property in 1870 of Henry Sackett (1851 - 1928), who built his home here in 1879

From here he, with Maltby’s Rangers, in 1874, pursued the bands of Big Foot and Jape, Comanche chiefs, and defeated them

 
Erected 1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 4381.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments series list. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1856.
 
Location. 31° 52.965′ N, 99° 15.915′ W. Marker is near Coleman, Texas, in Coleman County. Marker is on County Road 140 4 miles east of Farm to Market Road 1176, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Coleman TX 76834, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10
Ruins of Camp Colorado Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 3, 2016
2. Ruins of Camp Colorado Marker
View to northwest from CR 140 towards site of Camp Colorado
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miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Home Town of Texas Confederate Colonel James E. McCord (approx. 9.8 miles away); Camp Colorado C.S.A. (approx. 9.8 miles away); Coleman County Jail (approx. 9.9 miles away); County Named in 1857 for Robert M. Coleman (approx. 9.9 miles away); Co. B, 142nd Infantry, 36th Division Memorial (approx. 9.9 miles away); Mrs. J.A.B. Miller Public Library Building (approx. 9.9 miles away); Western Cattle Trail (approx. 9.9 miles away); Original Coleman County Court House (approx. 9.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coleman.
 
Also see . . .  Camp Colorado. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on May 10, 2016.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Remains of Camp Colorado
The only remaining building of Camp Colorado is the guard house. The guard house is attached to the rear of the Sackett Home, which is located 200 feet east of the marker. The guard house is visible from County Road 140. The walls of the Sackett Home include some rocks from the original buildings of the camp.

The Camp Colorado Cemetery, established in 1857 as the camp cemetery, is located a half mile east of the marker. Most, if not all, of the soldiers buried at the cemetery were
View to Northeast from County Road 140 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 3, 2016
3. View to Northeast from County Road 140
Marker and Sackett Home are on left (north) side of road
later moved and re-interred in San Antonio. The rock wall enclosure in the cemetery where the soldiers were buried still remains in the cemetery. Many pioneers of the area and their descendants are buried in the cemetery.

A 1936 replica of the camp administration building may be viewed at Coleman City Park.
    — Submitted May 10, 2016.
 
Sackett Home image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 3, 2016
4. Sackett Home
Camp Guard House is at rear right corner of building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 314 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 10, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

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