Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Bactrian Camel in California

"The Bactrian camels, fifteen in number, which reached San Francisco in July last per schooner Caroline E. Foote, from the Amoor river, and which still remain in our neighborhood, deserve much more attention than they have as yet received. Not so much because they come from the far interior of Asia, and are curiosities in themselves, are they entitled to consideration; but we think that the animal will yet be acclimated in America, and that the present importation is only the first of a series of private ventures, which will eventually result in giving the United States a domestic animal of great value and importance.

"It was supposed by Mr. Otto Esche, the importer of the present herd, that they were well adapted for the transportation of goods from point to point in the mining regions, or, if not there, certainly on the sandy plains which are found between the Sierra Nevada and Salt Lake, and on the desert wastes which make up the southern portions of the United States territories from San Bernardino across to El Paso.

"It seems, indeed, to have been the intention of establishing a Camel Express from California to Salt Lake, and, if the animals were found well adapted to the country, to extend it as far east as Missouri. Hitherto, however, no trial has been made of the animals, and with the exception of a few days of exhibition for the benefit of the German Benevolent Society, they have attracted but little public attention."

(From Hutchings' California Magazine, Vol.5, No.5, November 1860.)

P.S.: This is our weblog's 200th post!


Diva Kreszl said...

Amazing history!

The Joy of Nesting said...

Congratulations on the mighty 200!!

Hmmmmmm does the paper ever say what happen to the ten that did arrive??? Maybe no prodigies or rain slicker big enough and galoshes small enough?? Perhaps saddly there were not enough progressive thinking invester ?? :(

Pattie ;)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the best 200 blogs out there!
I learn something new everyday and the somethings are always a trip! I love you guys!!!!!