Nevada Rock Art Geocaching Historical Markers

Historical Marker #199

Located along Old U.S. Highway 50 in Dayton, Nevada.

Camels in Dayton


Camels were imported into the United States for military purposes in the mid-1850's. Lt. Edward Beale of the U.S. Army tested the animals caravan operations in the deserts of the Southwest. The experiment was not successful and the camels were auctioned off. Some were brought here to haul wood and salt to the mines and mills of the Comstock. They were corralled behind this stone hay barn, known as the Leslie Hay Barn. Used extensively between Sacramento and Nevada points for some ten years, they were later abandoned to fend for themselves. Few were seen after the 1880's.

Notes on this marker:

Need to take a new site picture. My finger got in the way.

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