Fort Beale

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Fort Beale (1859-1868) - Established in 1859 by Captain James H. Carleton, 1st U.S. Dragoons and named after Lieutenant Edward F. Beale, U.S. Navy, of camel experiment fame. Abandoned at the end of the U.S. Civil War and reoccupied in 1866. Finally abandoned in 1868. Also known as Fort Piute, Fort Piute Hill.

Fort Beale History

One of a chain of military stations erected to protect the travel route from San Bernardino across the Mojave Desert to Fort Mojave. All were strategically situated near sources of water. Constructed of rock.

Current Status

Ruins on private land.


Location: Near Piute Springs, San Bernardino County, California, about 25 miles west of Fort Mojave.

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Lat: 35.114901 Long: -114.985175

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