Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Camp Curtis
(Camp on Janes Farm)
A Civil War-era image of Camp Curtis
Today, all that remains of Camp Curtis is a California Historical Landmark. Before its official establishment in September 1862 was called Camp on Janes Farm and was used by local volunteer companies of the California Militia as early as 1858. Camp Curtis was the headquarters of the 1st Battalion of Mountaineers of California Volunteers from 1862 until 1865. In 1863, Captain George Ousley and 34 soldiers of Company B of the Battalion first garrisoned Camp Curtis near Daby's s Ferry and then moved to Fawn Prairie on the Hoopa Trail. A bronze tablet commemorating the camp's site was unveiled on October 5, 1930.
Location: Location: Take the Sunset Avenue off ramp from US Highway 101, go North 0.9 mile on L. K. Wood Boulevard frontage road in Arcata
Camp Curtis
by Justin Rihge
Camp Curtis was the headquarters of the Mountain Battalion of California Volunteers from 1862 to 1865. The Camp was located one mile north of Arcata, Humboldt County. In 1863 Captain George Ousley with Company B first garrisoned the Camp near Daby's Ferry and then moved to Fawn Prairie on the Hoopa Trail. A plaque identifying the site of the Camp can be found along Highway 101 north of Arcata. A detachment was dispatched in early June 1862 by Captain Eugene B. Gibbs, commanding Camp Curtis, to a crossing on the Mad River about three miles from Arcata and there established a temporary post to safeguard the area's settlers from Native American depredations.
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