Fort Verde State Park
P.O. Box 397
Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
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.
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
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.
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
on Christmas Day