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Come and Take It

Come and Take It is a talk show about Texas, by Texans. Three friends born and raised in Texas share their views on the state’s history, culture, and just what it means to be Texan.

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Mike Zolkoski
Scott Elfstrom
Sean McIver

#21: Camels of Camp Verde

18 minutes

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Starting in 1855, the U.S. Army experimented with camels as pack animals in the arid plains and hills of West Texas. While the evaluations seemed to go well, eventually the whole idea was abandoned and the U.S. Camel Corps became a footnote in the history of the Lone Star State.

Before we begin… What’s your favorite Dallas street?

Several accounts of the U.S. Camel Corps and its history:

Some stories about Hi Jolly, and other foreigners who came to the U.S. as camel handlers:

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