– THE FORT
Camp Verde, Kerr County, Texas
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Gate to Old Camp Verde Fort Entrance
Camp Verde Monument
From Kerrville take St Hwy 16 south to St Hwy 173, turn left and continue
on SH 173 to Camp Verde Corners. Turn right onto Camp Verde road
which runs along the north side of the Verde Creek.
Continue past the
on your left and you will soon see, on your right, the
Old Camp Verde Fort monument outside a private gate with stone pillars.
The monument is accessible to read and photo without going onto the
data is from “Cemeteries of Kerr County, Texas, 1859-1976” published by
Kerrville Genealogical Society in 1980. Field
notes were done by Arlene and Fred Tolman who copied the stones in the cemetery
and provided that information to the
Genealogical Society for publication.
The only known graves on the
property are those of Capt. J. A. Bonnell and his wife.
These are enclosed in an iron fence with rocks mounded up on them.
was established as a frontier post by the United States Army 8 July 1855.
It was headquarters in 1856 for 40 camels sent by secretary of war
Jefferson Davis to be used in a system of overland communication with the west
which proved impracticable. It
was surrendered to the Confederate government in 1861, re-occupied in 1865 by
the U.S. Army and abandoned
1 April 1869
A monument was erected by the Sons of Texas in 1936.
Bennett’s "History of
1856-1956" and Clara Watkins “Kerr County,
1856-1976” both give the following account:
“John A. Bonnell, an Ohian, bought 640 acres,
buildings in 1874. His son, William
H. Bonnell, later added some 20,000 acres; part of the land was sold in 1892,
but W.H.Bonnell and family occupied the building of stone which he rebuilt as an
exact replica of the original officers’ quarters.”
there is an account of the burning of
on the 26 of March 1910. Owners were
Captain and Judge W.H. Bonnell and wife.
A Thomas Blair from
was burned to death in this fire. Ben
Lacky was then the ranch foreman and burned his boots before he escaped from the
fire. In 1975 the property was
owned by Richard Nowlin.
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