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Coleman County TX
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CAMP COLORADO, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Coleman County, Texas Panhandle/Texas Hill Country

(31.8832009, -99.2642269)
Jim Ned Creek
NE of Coleman

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Coleman County TX 1882 Map
Coleman County 1882 Map showing Camp Colorado & Jim Ned Creek
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

History in a Pecan Shell

Although the camp was first established in Mills County in 1855, it was later moved to Coleman County in 1856. The new location was on the trail connecting Fort Belknap and Fort Mason. It was said to be on Mulewater Creek, just six miles N of the Colorado River. Two companies of U.S. Cavalry were stationed there but due to frequent illness, it was moved north to Jim Ned Creek in 1857.

From 1857 until the start of the Civil War, Camp Colorado served as the nerve center and protector for all other communities in Coleman County. It had a post office (see cover with postmark) and a telegraph connected to San Antonio. The camp even had an “open air” school taught by one of the post’s officers under the shade of a tree.

With the advent of the Civil War, the camp was evacuated with all of the men and officers joining the Confederates with the exception of one Lt. Cosby who remained in the Union. After the troops left the camp, it was occupied by Texas State Troops and / or Texas Rangers. Texas troops were stationed here until the end of the war. It was not re-occupied by the U.S. Army. In the late 1870s the land was purchased by an Englishman who turned the former post into his home, using the HQ building and guardhouse as his quarters.

There is a cemetery just east of the former camp.

Coleman County
1936 Pony Bridge on CR140

Near Camp Colorado
TX - Coleman County  1936 Pony Bridge on CR140 near Camp Colorado.
1936 Pony Bridge on CR140
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2008
TX - Coleman County  1936 Pony Bridge on CR140 near Camp Colorado.
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2008
TX - Coleman County  1936 Pony Bridge on CR140 near Camp Colorado.
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2008
TX - Coleman County  1936 Pony Bridge on CR140 near Camp Colorado.
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2008
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Camp Colorado, TX Coleman County 1870s Postmark info
Camp Colorado, TX Coleman County 1870s Postmark
Cover canceled with Camp Colorado, TX 1870s postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
TX Coleman County 1907 Postal Map
Coleman County 1907 postal map showing
Camp Colorado & Jim Ned Creek

NE of Coleman
(From Texas state map #2090)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Camp Colorado, Texas Nearby Towns:
Coleman | Santa Anna | Voss
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