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(1860 - 1871)
Camp Cady was located on the
Los Angeles to Albuquerque. Non-Indian travel on this
and the nearby Salt Lake Road
(Old Spanish Trail)
was beset by
Indians defending their homeland.
To protect both roads, Camp Cady was established by
U.S. Dragoons in 1860. The main building was a stout
mud redoubt. Improved camp structures were built in 1868.
After peace was established, the military withdrew in
1871. This protection provided by Camp Cady enabled travelers,
merchandise, and mail using both roads to boost California's
economy and growth.
Military in the Mojave
People in the Mojave
Roads & Trails
Mojave Desert Rivers
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"Half a days pull through heavy sandy and gravelly wastes brought us to this God-forsaken Botany Bay of a place, the meanest I ever saw for a military station, where four officers and a handful of men manage to exist in some unexplained way in mud and brush hovels." - Elliot Coues, 1865