19thc Civil War Era Santa Fe Trail West Indian Fort Oklahoma Photo

$1,250.00

Wagons circled at left and men at right with solitary man and his horse in the foreground identified as Lieut. Carson’s Camp. This may represent Camp Nichols in what is now Cimarron County, OK so named by Kit Carson in May of 1865 during construction to honor the California Captain whose men provided so much labor. Until September 1865, volunteers guided...

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Wagons circled at left and men at right with solitary man and his horse in the foreground identified as Lieut. Carson’s Camp. This may represent Camp Nichols in what is now Cimarron County, OK so named by Kit Carson in May of 1865 during construction to honor the California Captain whose men provided so much labor. Until September 1865, volunteers guided travelers here from other stops and delivered them to safety on one of the most heavily attacked legs of the Santa Fe Trail. The photo process is earlier than the annotated date of 1885 which may have been misremembered. Extensive research does not turn up any other Lieutenant Carson or Carson’s Camp. Please use your own judgement with my attribution. This may be unique evidence as comparisons do not appear to exist. Suffers heavy toning, chips and an obvious crack down the center which continues through.The crack has been glued and the back reinforced with archival tape. It is stable but in need of more extensive restoration. Original hard board measures 4 x 6.5".