Near Indianola in Calhoun County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Great Camel Experiment
After a three-month voyage from the Mediterranean, the Fashion entered Matagorda Bay on May 13, 1856 and landed the camels at the wharf at Powder Horn. Thirty-four camels, ranging from Bactrians (two-humped variety), Arabians (one-hump variety) and a hybrid-cross between the two, came ashore. Many residents of Indianola recalled the unusual sight of the camels being led through the streets.
By February 1857, a second government shipment of forty-one camels arrived in Indianola. Military camel caravans carrying supplies became more common in the Texas Hill Country between the camels’ home of Camp Verde
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17475.)
Location. 28° 32.075′ N, 96° 30.851′ W. Marker is near Indianola, Texas, in Calhoun County. Marker is at the intersection of North Ocean Drive and State Highway 316, on the right when traveling north on North Ocean Drive. Marker is located in a picnic area near the beach. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Lavaca TX 77979, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mrs. Angelina Bell Peyton Eberly (approx. 0.2 miles away); Indianola (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rene Robert Cavelier Sieur de la Salle (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Chihuahua Road (approx. 1˝ miles away); Site of the Town of Indianola (approx. 1˝ miles away); Zimmerman Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away); Olivia (approx. 8.2 miles away); Howard Gallemore Hartzog, Sr. (approx. 8.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianola.
Also see . . . Camels - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on July 23, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 23, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 23, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.