Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Camp Lyon
(Fort Lyon)(Humboldt County)
A short lived post established in March 1862 on the Bremer Ranch property on the right bank of the Mad River, about 20 miles east Arcata. Its primary purpose was to protect the Mad River and Redwood Creek from hostile Native Americans.
Established by Captain Charles Heffernan, 2nd California Volunteer Infantry, it was named in honor of Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon, who was killed on 10 August 1861 in the Battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri.
Although the post was never officially designated a fort, it was referred to in orders issued by Colonel Francis J. Lippitt, 2nd California Volunteer Infantry, and subsequent official correspondence.
The post was abandoned toward the end of 1862.
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