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Hi Jolly Monument

The desert in the southwest United States presented a unique problem for transporting things in the mid-1800s, so in 1856, Secretary of War Jefferson Davis (later President of the Confederacy) imported over 30 camels and hired camel drivers. One of them was a Syrian guy named Haji Ali. some of the US soldiers had trouble with the name and sometimes his name was said quickly so he was called "Hi Jolly". The name stuck. The Camel Corps was never fully tried out because soon after its formation, the Civil War started and the experiment was forgotten. The camels were released into the desert near Quartzsite to fend for themselves.

Hi Jolly, however, remained in the Quartzsite area and tried his hand at scouting, packing, selling water and things to tourists, delivering the "jackass mail" and a variety of other things. He became a very well loved member of the town and the townfolk made this pyramid when he died in 1902. The camel on top is said to be "The Red Ghost" which reportedly terrorized people in and near Quartzsite by running at them out of the dark with a corpse tied to his back for many years.

Tyson's Well Stage Station Museum

In 1866 Charley Tyson built an adobe stage station in Quartzsite. The station was an important way station on the California-Arizona line because of the availability of good water and grass for the horses. Miners and freighters, hauling mining equipment and military supplies from the river port at Ehrenberg, to the Territorial Capital at Prescott, also stopped here. In addition to the stage station a hotel, called the Oasis Hotel was added in 1899. The Quartzsite Historical Society opened Tyson's Well Museum in February 1980, after extensive restoration work. The museum houses artifacts of the old west, photographs and old mining equipment. Outside in the yard is the original assay shack from the Mariquita Mine, which offers a peak into the everyday life of the miners. Also, in the yard is the handiwork of Walter Barrett. Just to the west of the museum are the ruins of the Oasis Hotel, which is being restored. The museum is open November through March; Wednesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is Free.

Facilities

There are several hotels, RV Parks, and Resaurants in Quartzsite. I stayed at the Super 8 near Interstate 10.

  • Last visit to Quartzsite: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated Feb 12, 2009
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    Mar 29, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    We like all these quirky places, but I like to call them hidden treasures. Too bad not more folks look for them, like we do. I like your page!

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