Established as Camp McPherson January 23, 1867
as a temporary post 60 miles southwest of Prescott
in Yavapai County. It was created to protect travelers on the road from
La Paz to Prescott. The post was named for Brig.
Gen. James B. McPherson who was killed in the Battle of Atlanta on July
22, 1864. The post was moved north 25 miles and was renamed Camp Skull
Valley in March of 1867. On May 11, 1867 the camp was returned to its original
location and renamed Camp Date Creek. It would be moved two more times
along Date Creek. The post was given up in 1874.
Camp Date Creek, A.T., 1867-1873: Nomination to the National Register
of Historic Places./Submitted by Patrick H. Boles
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