Fort Verde State Historic Park, Camp Verde

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Fort Verde State Historic Park in the town of Camp Verde, Arizona is a small park that attempts to preserve parts of the Apache Wars-era fort as it appeared in the 1880s. The park was established in 1970 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places a year later.

Fort Verde was established at its current location in 1871. It is significant as "the best preserved and least altered of any military post associated with General Crook’s 1872-73 campaign against the northern Apaches."
Settlers in the mid-19th century near the Verde River grew corn and other crops with the prospect of getting good prices from nearby Prescott, which was the territorial capital, and from nearby miners. The rapid increase in population for the mining economy disrupted the hunting and gathering environments of the local Native American tribes, the Dilzhe'e Apache and Yavapai. In turn, they raided the farmers' crops for food.

The farmers requested military protection from the United States Army and, in 1865, although Arizona was still only a territory, the infantry arrived. They set up several posts over the next few years:

1865, a small camp five miles (8 km) south of what is today Camp Verde.

1866-1871, Camp Lincoln, a mile north of today's Fort Verde.

1871-1873, Camp Verde, built gradually from 1871 to 1873.

1879, Camp Verde, renamed Fort Verde

1891, Fort Verde abandoned

1899, sold at public auctionAfter approximately 1,500 local natives were placed on a reservation by 1872, the army's role changed from protecting the settlers to ensuring that the Indians stayed on the reservation. The last major military engagement with uprising natives took place in 1882 at the Battle of Big Dry Wash.

The fort was never enclosed by walls or stockades, and it never saw fighting on site. At its height, it consisted of twenty-two buildings, only four of which survived until 1956, when local citizens created a small museum in the administration building. They later donated the buildings and ten acres (40,000 m²) as a State Park.

Some of the buildings were built with pice, which is large adobe slabs cast within wooden frames, rather than assembled from the more familiar individual adobe bricks.

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  • Great experience with little kiddos! Myself and another mom took our combined 8 littles to visit Fort Verde state park. The park rangers were incredible and shared interesting facts that kept our... 
    Great experience with little kiddos! Myself and another mom took our combined 8 littles to visit Fort Verde state park. The park rangers were incredible and shared interesting facts that kept our...  more »
  • Interesting history of the area with preserved building from 1800-1900 when army assigned to protect settlers from Yavapai and Apache Indians in the area. Good exhibition inside main building of... 
    Interesting history of the area with preserved building from 1800-1900 when army assigned to protect settlers from Yavapai and Apache Indians in the area. Good exhibition inside main building of...  more »
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  • The guides were truly amazing. Very knowledgeable and very kind. Tried to help you at every chance they had but not overpowering. Always had a smile on all their faces. Had an amazing visit. A lot of beautiful history. Laid out well. Nice little short walk to see everything some stairs if you want to go up stairs to see other things in a small house just have to be careful with the stairs. But all the rooms are truly amazing. Look for the little box codes they will give you more information on each room.
  • It was great! The staff was great! Very helpful. Recommend this adventure. My grandchildren had a great time!

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