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Camels in Nevada
From the famous 1800’s American publication “HARPER’S WEEKLY, Journal of Civilization” and dated June 30, 1877
In 1857 the United States government made an attempt to introduce camels for service in the arid wastes along the Southwestern frontier. Ten camels were landed at New York, but all save one pair, a male and a female, died soon after from the effects of the voyage. T he survivors were transferred to Nevada, whose sandy and sterile soil produces an abundance of prickly shrubs which no other animal would touch. On this kind of food the single pair of camels flourished and multiplied, and their descendants now number over one hundred. They are hardy, useful animals, and, as shown in our illustration on page 501, are capable of good service as beasts of burden in the sandy wastes of the Southwest.
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