Camel Corps

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The Southwest, including Southern Nevada, has a significant amount of Native American Petroglyph / Rock Art Sites. Our web site will concentrate on the rock art of Southern Nevada which extends back over 1500 years, and was typically created by either the Paiute, Shoshone, Chemehuevi, or the Anasazi people.


Preservation through Education


We believe that rock art on public lands does not - and should not - belong to just a few select people or groups.  However, due to the fragile nature of many rock art sites, it is not realistic to have a large number of people visiting most of them. What we are attempting to do with our website is to provide visual access where those with the interest or the curiosity can go to see and appreciate a small piece of Native American history. Our beliefs are that by educating people to the historical significance of the rock art, people will be more inclined to respect, and preserve, the sites for the enjoyment of everyone for a long, long time.

Camel Corps


Information and first 2 photos taken from The Historical Marker Database:


Inscription: In 1855 Congress authorized $30,000 for camels as frontier military beast 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.


Erected by: Nevada State Park System. (Marker Number 104.)


Location: 35° 10.327′ N, 114° 42.648′ W. Marker is near Laughlin, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is on Nevada Route 163 at milepost 8, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on the east-bound shoulder of SR 163. There is a paved crossover from the west-bound lanes at the marker. Marker is in this post office area: Laughlin NV 89029, United States of America.


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