The Camels of Fort Tejon

The Camels of Fort Tejon (HMLWM)

Location: Lebec, CA 93243 Kern County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 52.472', W 118° 53.558'

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In 1856 the U.S. Army started an experiment using camel for supply transport in the southwest. The camels proved ill suited to the American southwest.

In November 1859 a civilian contractor turned over 28 camels to the Army at Fort Tejon.

The post quartermaster cared for the camel herd until 1861 when the herd was transferred to the Los Angeles Depot. With the possible exception of an unsuccessful messenger service in September 1860, the camels were never used in military operations. The "Camel Corps" mentioned in many writings never existed.
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed2003
Placed ByCalif. Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Peter Lebeck Chapter 1866 and Platrix Chapter #2, E Clampus Vitus
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 11:14am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 327019 N 3860763
Decimal Degrees34.87453333, -118.89263333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 52.472', W 118° 53.558'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 52' 28.32" N, 118° 53' 33.48" W
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Area Code(s)661
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4427 Lebec Rd, Lebec CA 93243, US
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