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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Virginia City in Storey County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Ships of the Nevada Desert

 
 
Ships of the Nevada Desert Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2011
1. Ships of the Nevada Desert Marker
Inscription. Camels first arrived in Virginia City in April, 1964. The U.S. Camel Corps was disbanded in 1863, and the animals sold to Nevada traders. Camels were used for hauling freight, firewood, and marsh salt use in refining silver ore. Although one camel could replace three mules, they frightened horses, women and caused runaways, stampedes, and general chaos. Cheaper freighters and public sentiment against the camels caused their decline. They were turned out on the desert in the 1870ís and 80ís; the last was seen in 1912.
 
Erected 1980 by Julia C. Bulette Chapter No. 1864, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 69.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 18.66′ N, 119° 38.897′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is at the intersection of E Street and Union Street on E Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia City NV 89440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Virginia and Truckee Railroad (here, next to this marker); Chinatown (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Mary Louise Hospital (within
Ships of the Nevada Desert Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2011
2. Ships of the Nevada Desert Marker
Note the 'camels' on the monument.
shouting distance of this marker); Red Light District (within shouting distance of this marker); C & C Mining Works (within shouting distance of this marker); The Union Brewery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Big Bonanza (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Chinatown (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the grounds of the Comstock History Center. On the opposite side of the monument is the "Virginia and Truckee Railroad" marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. U.S. Camel Corps - Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 5, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. U.S. Camel Corps remembered in Quartzsite, Arizona. (Submitted on August 5, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
3. Step Back in Time - The Virginia City Camel Races. An annual event held in Virginia City started by a humorous article written in the Territorial Enterprise in 1959. (Submitted on August 10, 2011.) 
 
Additional keywords.
The Comstock History Center image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2011
3. The Comstock History Center
U.S. Camel Corps
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 455 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 5, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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