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NH 64595 Benicia Arsenal, California

Photo #: NH 64595  Benicia Arsenal, California
Description: Camel barns at the Benicia Arsenal, photographed in September 1967 by Aero Photographers of Sausalito, California. In the 1850s the U.S. Government brought dromedaries to the West for experimentation in logistics. Lieutenant Edward F. Beale, USN, used them in survey work. In November 1863 thirty-four of the animals were moved from southern California to the Naval Arsenal at Benicia, where they were sold at auction on 26 February 1864. This photograph shows the buildings in which they were kept. Whether the buildings have been bricked over, or restored, is unknown. Courtesy of Benicia Industrial Park, Benicia, California. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
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