Another four miles south, just beyond the junction of FR 49 and
Road is the old site of Washington Camp, once the
largest community south of Patagonia. Serving
as a supply community for the mining towns of Duquesne, Mowryand Harshaw, prospecting occurred
here only briefly in the early 1860’s, but was quickly abandoned due to numerous
Apache attacks. However, in 1890, when the Duquesne Mining and
Reduction Company began operations, the town of Duquesne was born, as well as
nearby Washington Camp, which housed the reduction plant, miners’ bunkhouses, a
general store and a school. The town grew to some 1,000 residents.Today, a
couple of old mining buildings, shafts, and tailings can still be seen.
Compiled and edited by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated
I have no pictures of Washington Camp right now. But will have soon.