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Near Lebec in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Camel Trail Terminus

Fort Tejon

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein
1. Camel Trail Terminus Marker
Inscription. Jefferson Davis, “Father of National Highways,” as Secretary of War 1853-57 sponsored the importation of 33 camels for transporting military supplies to the west coast. The camel trail survey ran from San Antonio, Texas to Fort Tejon which marks the western terminus, part of the Jefferson Davis Highway. The army camel corps arrived at this fort in November, 1857, with Lt. Edward F. Beale in command.

Erected by California Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy
May 11, 1956
 
Erected 1956 by California Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 34° 52.466′ N, 118° 53.564′ W. Marker is near Lebec, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Fort Tejon Road west of Interstate 5. Touch for map. Marker is located in the parking area of Ft. Tejon State Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Lebec CA 93243, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First and Only "Camel Brigade" of the United States Army (a few steps from this marker); Lieutenant Edward Fitzgerald Beale
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By Thomas Chris English, June 18, 2010
2. Camel Trail Terminus Marker
Picture at medium distance, Fort Tejon State Historic Park Parking Lot. Marker is in front of the blue car.
(a few steps from this marker); Peter Lebeck (a few steps from this marker); The Camels of Fort Tejon (a few steps from this marker); Peter Lebec (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Tejon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Don Pedro Fages (approx. 3.2 miles away); El Camino Viejo (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lebec.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Related Army Great Western Camel Experiment Markers
 
Also see . . .
1. The Camels That Jefferson Davis Bought. An article published in the New York Times on Sunday, August 20, 1922. (Submitted on May 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. Other Jefferson Davis Highway Markers. This link is for other Jefferson Davis Highway Markers that have been entered into the Historical Marker database. (Submitted on May 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

3. The Mythical Fort Tejon “Camel Corps”. Article by by George Stammerjohan. “Fanciful legend has overshadowed the real story of the camel experiment.
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By Thomas Chris English, June 18, 2010
3. Camel Trail Terminus Marker
Looking southwest across the old Ridge Route/Grapevine immediately west of Interstate 5. Southwest end of Fort Tejon State Historic Park parking lot. It is in front of the blue car.
There never was a ‘Camel Corps’; Edward F. Beale was never appointed to command a camel corps, and Fort Tejon, California, was never the headquarters of the non-existent ‘camel corps.’ There is myth and reality about the Army’s camels, and the truth is a more interesting story than the fiction which surrounds the story.” (Submitted on September 6, 2008, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.) 
 
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Camel Trail Terminus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 14, 2010
4. Camel Trail Terminus Marker
Camel Trail Terminus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 14, 2010
5. Camel Trail Terminus Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2008, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 2,245 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on July 9, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. Photos:   1. submitted on May 30, 2008, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   2, 3. submitted on June 23, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.   4, 5. submitted on May 22, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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