Camp Verde Texas
Camp Verde Texas
April 18 - 22, 2007.
We are staying in the Kerrville Schreiner City Park in Kerrville. A few years ago this was Kerrville Schreiner State Park. It is located on the Guadalupe River in the city limits of Kerrville on SR-173 one of the two highways between Kerrville and Bandera. Our site is FHU costing $15 per-night plus a $5 entrance fee (annual fee is only $25) so is insignificant if spending more than a few days.
Old Camp Verde Ruins north of Bandera
Camp Verde is a very small place located on SR-173 between Kerrville and Bandera. Camp Verde is remembered as the Army Post that experimented with camels. As you can see from this historical marker the experiment did not prove successful. Actually, the camels performed admirably. However, the US Army and the US Government was financially broke at the end of the Civil War and Camp Verde was closed as a result thus ending the camel experiment.
Camp Verde General Store north of Bandera
If in the area the Camp Verde General Store is worth a stop. Not only is it historically significant there is a nice restaurant inside as well as a gift shop.
Camp Verde General Store south of Bandera
The Camp Verde General Store is situated on the banks of the Verde Creek and was was first established in 1857. The present day, two story stone structure of Southern colonial design was constructed after a flood swept away the original building around 1900.
Originally, the general store was established to offer goods and services to the soldiers stationed at Fort Verde, a US Army Post located one- mile to the west. By the time the US Army deactivated the Fort, the Camp Verde General Store and post office had become an important part of the community, serving the growing number of pioneer ranchers in the area.
Camel Corps reinactment at Camp Verde
In 1855 Congress appropriated $30,000 for the Army to experiment with using camels for supply transport and other military purposes.
The first shipment of camels from Egypt consisted of nine swift dromedaries, twenty burden camels, plus four camels of mixed breed arrived at Camp Verde in late August of 1856.
A second group of 40 camels arrived in the spring of 1857.
By the time the Civil War had begun, there were over 50 camels at Camp Verde. During the winter of 1861, the Fort was captured by the Confederacy. When the Fort was recaptured by the US Government in 1865, there were more than 100 camels.
The animals passed every test of their ability - carrying heavier loads and traveling longer distances than the mules and horses used in the area. However, the War Department sorely needed funds for Reconstruction after the Civil War. The Fort was deactivated in 1869 - ending the experiment.
A fire destroyed the buildings of Fort Camp Verde in 1910.
Now you know about the Great Camel Experiment operated
out of Camp Verde Texas.
Marker at the site of the old Camp Verde
Camp Verde was established as a frontier post by the US Army in July of 1855.
Camp Verde was surrendered to the Confederate Government in 1861.
Camp Verde was reoccupied by the US Army in 1865 then abandoned by the armin in 1869.
Seal on a throw available in the Camp Verde General Store
This is a picture of a seal on a throw on sale in the Camp Verde General Store.
Old Camp Verde established in 1856
Actually some other information indicates that Camp Verde was established in July 1855 by the US Army with a Camel Corps of 40-camels.
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