New Signs Highlight Camp Naco Project
On April 9, 2010, a small but enthusiastic group gathered just inside a chain-link fence to unveil three large signs that tell a small part of the story of Camp Naco. Debby Swartzwelder, President of the nonprofit Naco Heritage Alliance, shared some of her research results with the group, and then introduced four speakers who pledged their commitment to preserving this place.
The signs were funded by an Arizona Heritage Fund Grant awarded to Huachuca City. That grant also paid for the chain-link fence that now protects most of the adobe buildings at Camp Naco.
Camp Naco Sign 1Byron Robertson, Mayor of Huachuca City, welcomes the crowd.
Camp Naco Sign 2Adam Curtis of the Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review, Becky Orozco (Naco Heritage Alliance), and Debby Swartzwelder listen to remarks by Cochise County Supervisor Ann English.
Camp Naco Sign 3State Representative Pat Fleming and Debby Swartzwelder
Camp Naco Sign 4Debby Swartzwelder and Byron Robertson, Mayor of Huachuca City. The Town of Huachuca City took ownership of the Camp Naco property in 2006 to prevent demolition of the Camp’s adobe buildings.
Camp Naco Sign 5Christine Rhodes tells the group that she lived in one of the former Officers’ Quarters and has fond memories of this place from the 1960s.
Camp Naco Sign 6State Representative Pat Flemming and Byron Robertson, Mayor of Huachuca City unveil the new signs.