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Near Bowie in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Parke Camp Site

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
1. Parke Camp Site Marker
Inscription. In March 1854, Lt. John Parke of the Topographical Engineer Corps led a survey party in search of an all-weather route for the transcontinental railroad. After a march of 55 waterless miles through Sulphur Springs Valley, the party entered Apache Pass. They camped at this spot, described by Parke as a "small triangular valley with an abundance of grass and wood." For two days the men rested, enjoying Apache Spring and the friendly curiosity of the Apaches.

A year later, Parke found an easier pass to the north. In 1880, the rail line was completed through Parke's Railroad Pass, between Wilcox and the town of Bowie.
 
Location. 32° 9.066′ N, 109° 26.989′ W. Marker is near Bowie, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker can be reached from Fort Bowie Trail 0.4 miles south of Apache Pass Road. Touch for map. Marker is located along the trail at the Fort Bowie National Historic Site. For most visitors access to the fort is via a 1.5 mile hiking trail of moderate difficulty. Marker is in this post office area: Bowie AZ 85605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bascom Affair (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bascom-Cochise Meeting Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Stage Station Ruin
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By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
2. Parke Camp Site Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); The Butterfield Overland Mail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Post Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mining Cabin (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Chiricahua Apache Indian Agency (approx. 0.4 miles away); Apache Pass - A Corridor Through Time (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
 
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Parke Camp Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
3. Parke Camp Site Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 13, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 271 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 13, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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