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It was the summer of 1857 and two shipments of camels had arrived in Texas from the Middle East, bringing the total number to about 75. Lt. Edward Fitzgerald Beale was in charge of the Camel Corps and was assigned to survey a route from Fort Defiance, N.M. (now Arizona), to the Colorado River with plans to build a wagon road and scout out a route for a southern transcontinental railroad.

By By KATHY KRAUSE May 29, 2010