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    The Red Ghost

    by Yaqui Written Aug 21, 2011

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    The Red Ghost legend comes from one of Hi Jolly's free roaming camels had died and it would attack campers at night with a skeletal remains of a driver still strapped to its back. Some variations is that Hi Jolly himself was searching for his last favorite came and that he died looking for it and was found with his arms drapped over its neck.

    There is a vault at the base of Hi Jolly's Memorial with the remains of Topsy one of the camels that came from Hi Jolly's herd that died 1934 at the Garefield Zoo in Los Angeles. It is believed that his herd is still alive and roaming. Maybe it is or maybe not. Still makes for a good yarn.

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    Hi Jolly~

    by Yaqui Written Aug 21, 2011

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    This sign reads:
    Hi Jolly
    The famous camel herd with which the name of Hi Jolly is linked constitutes an interesting sidelight of Arizona history…Jefferson Davis (afterward President of the Southern Confederacy) as secretary of war approved a plan to experiment with camels for freighting and communication in the arid southwest…Major Henry C Wayne of the U.S. Army and Lt. D.D. Porter (Later a distinguished Admiral in the Civil War) visited the Levant with the store ship supply and procured 33 camels, which were landed at Indianola Texas February 10, 1856. 41 were added on second voyage…with the first camels came as caretaker Haiji Ali whose Arabic name was promptly changed to Hi Jolly by the soldiers and by this name he became universally know. His Greek name was Philip Tedro on the Beale expedition in 1857 to open a wagon road across Arizona from Fort Defiance to California. The camels under Hi Jolly charge proved their worth nevertheless. The war department abandoned the experiment and the camels were left on the Arizona desert to shift for themselves. Chiefly roaming this particular section. They survived for many years crating interest and excitement…officially the camel experiment enthusiastic in praise of the animals. A fair trial might have resulted in complete success.

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    Hi Jolly Memorial & Headstone

    by Yaqui Written Aug 21, 2011

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    The Last Camp
    Of
    Hi Jolly
    Born somewhere in Syria about 1828
    Died at Quartzsite December 16 1802
    Came to this country February 10 1856
    Camel-driver – Packer Scout over Thirty Years a Faithful and to the U.S. Government
    Arizona
    Highway Department
    1935

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    Tyson's Wells Stage Station Museum

    by Basaic Written Feb 12, 2009

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    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. Summer hours are 9 AM to 12 PM on Thursdays or by appointment. Admission is Free.

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    Hi Jolly Monument

    by Basaic Written Feb 12, 2009

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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.

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    The pyramid of Quartzsite

    by TinKan Written Jul 29, 2005
    Hi Jolly Tomb

    Hi Jolly (Haiji Ali) came to the country to work back in the 1800s and found a place in the Arizona desert. He is the famous camel herder of the South West. He used camels to move supplies around the desert area for the army and for some of the towns in the area.
    Hi Jolly is buried here in Quartzsite and you can visit the old graveyard to see the monument that is built to him and his camels.

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