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CAMP COLORADO, TEXAS

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Coleman County, Texas Panhandle/Texas Hill Country
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History in a Pecan Shell

Although the camp was first established in Mills County in 1855, it was later moved to Coleman County in 1856. The new location was on the trail connecting Fort Belknap and Fort Mason. It was said to be on Mulewater Creek, just six miles N of the Colorado River. Two companies of U.S. Cavalry were stationed there but due to frequent illness, it was moved north to Jim Ned Creek in 1857.

From 1857 until the start of the Civil War, Camp Colorado served as the nerve center and protector for tall other communities in Coleman County. It had a post office and a telegraph connected to San Antonio. The camp even had an “open air” school taught by one of the post’s officers under the shade of a tree.

With the advent of the Civil War, the camp was evacuated with all of the men and officers joining the Confederates with the exception of one Lt. Cosby who remained in the Union. After the troops left the camp, it was occupied by Texas State Troops and / or Texas Rangers. Texas troops were stationed here until the end of the war. It was not re-occupied by the U.S. Army. In the late 1870s the land was purchased by an Englishman who turned the former post into his home, using the HQ building and guardhouse as his quarters.

There is a cemetery just east of the former camp.
Coleman County TX 1882 Map
Coleman County 1882 Map showing Camp Colorado
(N of Coleman)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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