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Aug 16, 2016 - Camp Verde TX - Historic Country Store

Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, on the banks of the Verde Creek, the store 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 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...

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Aug 16, 2016 - Camp Verde - the Camel Experiment

In 1854, Secretary of War Jefferson Davis (who later became President of the Confederacy) petitioned Congress to appropriate $30,000 for the Army to experiment with using camels for supply transport and other military purposes. With the support of President Pierce, the bill was subsequently approved by Congress on March 3, 1855. Major Henry Wayne and Lieutenant David Porter were put in command of securing the camels from the Middle East. The first shipment from Egypt (of nine swift dromedaries, twenty burden camels, plus four others of...

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Apr 27, 2015 - Camp Verde

Sleep was a bit erratic again last night. This time it was due to a storm which passed through Kerrville around midnight last night. Lots of thunder, lightning, and heavy rain contributed to the fun. We sat outdoors with Eddie & Jan, with our coffee this morning. Later, after showers and dressed for the day, we rode with Eddie & Jan, to the site of old Camp Verde, established in 1856 as a place to explore the feasibility of using camels in military service. Today, the old general store still exists, with the addition of a restaurant and...

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Nov 22, 2006 - Thanksgiving In The Hill Country

Hill Country Thanksgiving Wednesday is a perfect fall day - clear blue skies and mild temperatures. We could not have asked for better weather. The drive is uneventful although we have a little traffic on 1604 as usual. After turning on Bandera Rd. it is only a few miles before we leave the city behind. It's hard to believe you can be in the rural hill country so quickly. The fall color is a total surprise - I really thought the leaves would be gone already. Mixed in among the cedars and oaks are trees with nice fall color - the full...

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