Overland march with camels from Camp Verde, Texas to Tejon Pass, California, 1857-1858. Map

Description:

Shows route of the Army camel train surveying for a wagon route across the West along the 35th Parallel under the direction of Lieutenant E. F. Beale, also used to test the feasibility of using camels as military pack animals. Shows relationship to U. S. Route 66.

Creator(s): Smithers, W. D. (Wilfred Dudley), 1895-1981.
Creation Date: Unknown
Partner(s):
Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library (Archives of the Big Bend)
Collection(s):
Rescuing Texas History, 2006
Usage:
Total Uses: 435
Past 30 days: 4
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Creator (Cartographer):
Smithers, W. D. (Wilfred Dudley), 1895-1981.

W. D. Smithers, born in Mexico in 1895, was a photographer, amateur historian and botanist, and free-lance journalist of the Big Bend area of Texas. Between 1914 and 1919, he served with the U. S. Army in the Big Bend, first as a civilian muleteer, then as a wagon master. He later was an aerial photographer of the area and in the 1930s photographed the entire U. S. border with Mexico for the International Boundary and Water Commission. From 1936 to 1974, he operated a photography shop in Alpine, Texas, where he became known for lamp shades made of photographs. He recorded life along the Mexican border between 1914 and 1974 in maps, pictures, and a memoir, Chronicles of the Big Bend.

Date(s):
  • Digitized: April 10, 2006
Coverage:
Era
New South, Populism, Progressivism, and the Great Depression, 1877-1939
From 1845 to 1912
Description:

Shows route of the Army camel train surveying for a wagon route across the West along the 35th Parallel under the direction of Lieutenant E. F. Beale, also used to test the feasibility of using camels as military pack animals. Shows relationship to U. S. Route 66.

Physical Description:

Black and white photographic reproduction of hand drawn map 28 x 35 cm.

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Contributor(s):
  • Interviewee : Clark, Amasa. U. S. Army veteran and member of the Camel trains.
Partner:
Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library (Archives of the Big Bend)
Collection:
Rescuing Texas History, 2006
Identifier:
  • CALL-NO: M 912.73(11)
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth11952
Resource Type: Map
Format: Image
Rights:
Access: Public