Camp Elizabeth

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: September 11, 2019

Camp Elizabeth was nine miles northwest of the site of present Sterling City in central Sterling County. It was first established as a camp for Texas Rangers about 1853. In 1874 it was taken over by Fort Concho and used mainly as an outpost hospital. Fort Concho was activated from 1867 to 1874, when an unusual number of Indian depredations were taking place in West Texas. The camp had officers' quarters, a hospital, a farrier shop, and rock corrals, as remembered by early surveyor W. F. Kellis, who made a diagram of it. The soldiers slept in tents near the officers' quarters. Water was obtained from a nearby spring on the North Concho River. The parade ground between the camp and the river seems to have been used to teach horsemanship. During the time the camp was in operation several black troopers were stationed at the post. Camp Elizabeth was abandoned intact in 1886. Later the buildings were razed by ranchers who objected to the unsavory characters frequenting the place. A commemorative monument was later erected by the state of Texas at the presumed site.

Beverly Daniels, ed., Milling around Sterling County (Canyon, Texas: Staked Plains, 1976). Harold Schoen, comp., Monuments Erected by the State of Texas to Commemorate the Centenary of Texas Independence (Austin: Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations, 1938).

Time Periods:
  • Antebellum Texas
  • Reconstruction
  • Late Nineteenth-Century Texas

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Anonymous, “Camp Elizabeth,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 27, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

September 11, 2019