Yes, There Is Indeed A Camel, At “Camp David”, In Alton, New Hampshire.

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Yes, I have seen it, briefly. I meant to stop and take a picture but that never worked out. Deanna has seen it too. I can’t be 100% sure whether it is a Dromedary (one-hump) or a Bactrian (two-hump). I was driving when I saw it. There might have been a Llama or something else with it.

Why am I talking about a camel in Alton, N.H.? It is, even for idiosyncratic Alton, a bit unusual to have an animal associated with hot, dry, waterless deserts in 10′ of snow Alton. But, the reason I am talking about it was that somebody was SEARCHING for it on the Web, and this blog tends to popup on Search Engines anytime “Alton, NH” is mentioned — as it should.

The Camel is at “Camp David” on Route 28, outside of Alton (towards the Barnstead side) — and maybe a mile or so from the turning to ‘Prospect Mountain High School‘ (PMHS).

“Camp David” is a kind of enigma as this post highlights. The amount of work that was done on it has abated.


Click to ENLARGE. From “”. Here is the original link:

But other than some unexpected animals — including cows — you don’t see much.

Yes, I do know a LITTLE about it. It is the work of an ex-Alton selectman — whose first name might have been “David“.

I also think it is meant to have a Biblical David association. The ‘camp’, I was initially led to believe, was going to ‘religious’ — and that is par for the course for this area in that we have LOTS of religious camps in the Lakes Region. So “Camp David”. Makes sense — plus the owner is a David …


Borrowed with THANKS from Panoramio — photo belonging to JBTHEMILKER. Here is the link to the original.

The Bison theme, on the sign (up top) and on the gate, amuse and intrigue me. I would like to see Bison there. I am very partial to Bison meat. But Camels and Bisons are incongruous. I don’t think Bisons figure in the normal Bible (though I have to guess them must make an appearance in the “Book of Mormon” — which I have yet to look at).

I will, now there is an interest, stop and get some pictures. Deanna has lost the ‘fancy’ (and kind of expensive) Olympus ‘point-and-shoot’ I got her before we went to Arizona. That means I have to use my Canon T3i to get decent pictures. But stay tuned for the Camel in Alton, New Hampshire.

2 thoughts on “Yes, There Is Indeed A Camel, At “Camp David”, In Alton, New Hampshire.

  1. Sharon Allen

    Yes, you did this post over 2 years ago, but I just found it as I was searching for “NH Camel” … the easy way to remember which kind of camel is which is to take the capital letter for it’s name – D for dromedary and B for Bactrian – and lay it down sideways on the bar. The Dromedary D forms just one hump and the Bactrian B forms two humps! Amazing! And I found it on a kids’ site. Being curious, I also researched the camels and found that Bactrian camels are not necessarily hot weather/desert denizens – they are quite at home in the steppes of Mongolia and into the foothills of Tibet and are quite well acclimated to the cold. Who knew? Now the big question is WHY is that camel there in Alton? Alone!

    1. Anura Guruge Post author

      Sharon, that for that mnemonic. I will try and remember that. Cute.
      The camel, named ‘Roger’, is a RESCUE from the mid-West. Either a petting zoo or a circus. The guy in Alton, who has a farm, was looking around when he found this camel. So he rescued it.
      Do you come up to Alton? I could introduce you to the owner.
      THANKS. Anura


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