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Fort Verde State Park

Fort Verde State Park copyright map by Alan Eastep

P.O. Box 397
Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
(928) 567-3275

You want to travel from I-17 to Hwy 260 (east). Turn left on Main Street to 125 E. Holloman St. and turn left. Park is on your right.

Military troops locate the post site at the confluence of the Verde River and Beaver Creek. In 1866, Army troops know it as Camp Lincoln. In September 1866, Company C, 14th U.S. Infantry Regiment garrisons the post. However, in November 1868, the Army changes the name to Camp Verde to dispel the confusion caused by many post named after President Abraham Lincoln.

In 1870, two troops of 3rd Cavalry arrive at Camp Verde. Unable to hold the extra troops, they set up camp nearby on a bluff west of the river. The new site provides enough space to relocate the post.

General George Crook, Department of Arizona Commander, decides relocate the post to the better site on the bluff. During his winter 1872-1873, Fort Verde serves as an important supply post. Here the Central Arizona Apache Campaign ends with the surrender of several Apache bands.

After the Apache campaigns, the Army attempts to close down the post. In June 1890, the Army finally leaves the post.

Fort Verde State Historical Park maintains a museum at the site. The state park displays several of the restored and furnished officer's quarters.

Some of the original buildings still stand today. Its officers' quarters are open to visitors interested in learning what life was like on the frontier. The fort's museum, located in the old headquarters building, exhibits artifacts that explain the history and methods of frontier soldiering.

Notes: Closed on Christmas Day

Facilities:

  • Visitor Center - 8 a.m.-5 p.m. MST

  • Restrooms

  • Picnic Area

  • Living History Museum

 
 
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