Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Camp Gaston
(Imperial County)
Situated near present day Palo Verde on the west bank of the Colorado River about 45 miles north of Fort Yuma by land, Camp Gaston was established in 1859 by Captain Henry S. Burton, 3rd Artillery, to serve as a temporary supply post for the Hoffman Expedition in connection with the new establishment of Fort Mojave, Arizona. Although it was abandoned as soom as the stores were moved to the new Arizona post, it intermittently served as an outpost of Fort Yuma and was garrisoned from time to time by small detachments as late as 1867. The camp was named in honor of 2nd Lieutenant William Gaston, 1st Dragoons, who was killed in action against the Spokane Indians on May 17, 1858. Fort Gaston in Humboldt County which operated at the same time was also name for Lieutenant Gaston.
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