The Camel Corps
Original Date Visited: 3/16/09
Signed: Both lanes of SR 163. This is one of the few Clark County markers that is signed.
Notes: The only way to access  is from the eastbound lanes of 163. I like to think NDOT was thinking ahead for this marker when officials paved a turn lane through the median either to make a quick U-turn or in fact jump into westbound lanes from the turnout! Either way, the approach to this marker comes very fast and traffic tends to fly up and down this steep and very busy grade.
In 1855 Congress authorized $30,000 for camels as frontier military beasts 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.
Marker 104 at the beginning of a new day in southern Nevada.
Related Links & Markers:
 -- Camels In Dayton Camels (Online Nevada Encyclopedia) Camel Corps Experiment (U.S. Army History)
Have you been to this marker? Tell us all about it here!