Small community in beautiful Hill
country area at approximate site of Camp Verde, U.S. Army
frontier post which was established on July 8, 1855, as
the headquarters for the famous Army camel experiment.
Secretary of war Jefferson Davis
promoted this experiment to use camels for overland
communications and transportation across rugged, often
arid country to the west, terminating at fort yuma,
California. The post was taken over by confederate forces
in 1861; regarrisoned by federals in 1865; abandoned in
1869. The only remaining structure is now the main ranch
house of Nowlin Ranch, not open to the public.
A roadside park on the
bank of Verde Creek and an old fashioned general store
post office are enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. On
Texas 173 at F.M. 480 intersection, about 12 miles south