Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Camp Leonard
Located in the Kem River Valley, about 15 miles northeast of Keysville, Kem County, on the north bank of the south branch of the river, Camp Leonard was established in the late summer of 1863 by a company of the 2nd California Volunteer Cavalry to protect the region's mining camps front impending Indian marauders. During that year, some 850 Owens Valley Indians left the Sebastian Indian Reservation because of the scarcity of food there, all intent on returning to their former homes. Camp Leonard, remaining operative for the remainder of the year, had been established for prevent their return.