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Near Laughlin in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Camel Corps

 
 
The Camel Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
1. The Camel Corps Marker
Inscription. In 1855 Congress authorized $30,000 for camels as frontier military beast of burden because of their adaptability to desert heat, drought, and food.

Lt. Edward F. Beale surveyed the wagon route from Fort Defiance, New Mexico, to the Colorado River near the tip of Nevada, testing the fitness of these camels. They crossed the Colorado River into Nevada north to Fort Mohave, October 18, 1857.

The experiment was not practical, but ten of Beale's camels hauled commercial freight from Sacramento to Nevada territory. Others purchased in 1860, carried salt, ore and supplies through central Nevada.

Careless treatment, domestic stock incompatibility and new transportation methods ended use of camels. Some were seen years later wandering in southwest deserts.
 
Erected by Nevada State Park System. (Marker Number 104.)
 
Location. 35° 10.327′ N, 114° 42.648′ W. Marker is near Laughlin, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is on Nevada Route 163 at milepost 8, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is on the east-bound shoulder of SR 163. There is a paved crossover from the west-bound lanes at the marker. Marker is in this post office area: Laughlin NV 89029, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
The Camel Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
2. The Camel Corps Marker
8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Garcés Expedition (approx. 5.7 miles away); 9/11 Arizona Heroes Memorial (approx. 6.9 miles away in Arizona); Arizona Medal of Honor (approx. 6.9 miles away in Arizona); In Memory of All Vietnam Veterans (approx. 6.9 miles away in Arizona); Arizona Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.1 miles away in Arizona); Hardyville Site (approx. 7.8 miles away in Arizona); Hardyville Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 7.8 miles away in Arizona); Donald (Don) J. Laughlin (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laughlin.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. A series of markers documenting the Army's Great Western Camel Experiment.
 
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1. The US Army Camel Corps. For several years before the outbreak of the Civil War, the United States Army conducted an experiment using camels as pack animals in the Southwest. This desert region's punishing climate and terrain took a terrible toll on the horses and mules upon which the Army had always depended. The suggestion that camels might fare better than these traditionally used mounts under desert conditions was met with ridicule and opposition by some, but with eager interest by others. Read on and learn the story of this fascinating
The Camel Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
3. The Camel Corps Marker
Eastbound lanes of Nevada Route 163 towards Laughlin.
and little known episode in U.S. military history. (Submitted on March 30, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.) 

2. History's Most Successful Failure - The US Army's Camel Corps. The idea of using camels as overland transport in the deserts of the American Southwest was the brainchild of then US Secretary of War Jefferson Finis Davis. (Submitted on April 1, 2010.) 

3. U.S. Camel Corps Remembered in Quartzsite. One of the most interesting military experiments of the American West involved 77 camels and a Syrian named Hi Jolly. (Submitted on April 1, 2010.) 

4. New Amended Text for Marker. The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently updated the text of the roughly 260 state historical markers in Nevada. The Nevada SHPO placed the amended text of each individual marker on its website and will change the actual markers in the field as funding allows. Minor changes have been made to this marker for grammar, readability, and content. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page for the marker with the amended text. (Submitted on October 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
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Hi Jolly's (Haiji Ali's?) Monument image. Click for more information.
By Thomas Chris English
4. Hi Jolly's (Haiji Ali's?) Monument
The monument and marker commemorating the famous camel handler Hi Jolly.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 30, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,690 times since then and 102 times this year. Last updated on July 9, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 30, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4. submitted on December 12, 2009, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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