Hi Jolly's Tomb

Hi Jolly's Tomb, Quartzsite

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MarilynB1313
Gustavus, AK66 contributions
I visited the Quartzsite Museum and had done some online research before visiting “Hi Jolly’s Last Camp” on our way out of town. The camel experiment was very interesting and it seems that he was a beloved member of this desert community despite religious differences—sad that isn’t always still the case. The tomb that the townsfolk built for him in the pioneer cemetery named for him was truly a beautiful tribute.
Written February 12, 2020
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
The Hi Jolly's Tomb is in a cemetery. If you see a pyramid, you have found it.
The piramid has native stone marks. The resting place of Hi Jolly, a Creek born in Syria,also known as philip Tedro and Hadji Ali.

Hi Jolly was hired in 1857 as a camel herder in the U.S.Army'a short-lived historic camel Corps byLt. Edward F. Beale in his expedition to chart a wagon road accross New Mexico aand Arizona., ending at the Colorado River.

In 1861 the Civil War commenced, ending the day of the Camel Corps.
Hi Jolly returned to Quartzsite, trying his hand at mining,packing, scouting, delivering the "Jackass Mail", and selling water to travelers.

Many people come here to see Hi Jolly's Tomb.

P.S. The Quartz-site Cemetery is named in Hi Jolly's honor.

Jolly Monument has been placed in the national register of historic places.

There were lots of tourists to see it!

Worthwhile to see!
Written April 7, 2020
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
This is the Hi Jolly's Tomb. This is the last camp of nature in the cemetery.

The pyramid is attractive!

A Creek born in Syria, also known as Philip Tedro and Hadji Ali.

Hi Jolly was hired in 1857 as a Philip Tedroad Haadji Ali.

He was hired in 1857 as a camel herder in the U.S.

It stands here in the cemetery.

I like history. Worthwhile to see!
Written January 8, 2021
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ROCruiser
Claremont, CA4,595 contributions
The only sight in Quartzite that we visited on our overnight stay in town. Son was a history major and I am into local history so this fit us fine. Interesting story of Hi Jolly and the cemetery makes it a good place to visit when in town. There's not much around so we spent almost an hour there just checking out the place.
Written July 5, 2022
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Golde66
15 contributions
Historic Site in the middle of the cemetery where many Quartzsite Pioneer Families are interred. Monument is the starting point for the self-guided Quartzsite Camel Tour. See tour details on Trip Advisor.
Written April 20, 2022
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,588 contributions
Couples
This was a unique pit stop on our way to Tucson.

This cemetery was quite old and dominated by the pyramid dedicated to Hi Jolly who was a Syrian national that helped import camels for the US Calvary. Unfortunately that camel experiment did not pan out but his legacy can be seen all around Quartzsite.
Written May 25, 2022
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Heidi D
Lambertville, NJ939 contributions
Family
This interesting slice of Americana is worth a detour to those fascinated by US history. In 1856, Secretary of War Jefferson Davis had the idea of transporting freight and people across the desert Southwest on camels -- the US Camel Corps. He imported over 70 camels, plus a Syrian caretaker, Hadji Ali. His nickname was Hi Jolly. The cemetery is the final resting place of Hi Jolly, and contains a monument to him, plus the graves of others who lived in the small town. Another notable is the wife of Jesse James, famous American outlaw. Be sure to pick up a guide, that details many of the lives and deaths of the cemetery's inhabitants. You'll find some fascinating tales (such as one gentleman who spent his 15 days in the town on a drinking himself to death). The excursion takes about 30 minutes and is free.
Written September 4, 2014
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MissMem
Memphis, TN1,160 contributions
In the midst of the really VERY HOT town of Quartzsite, AZ is a monument to Hi Jolly. History tells us that this gentleman of Turkish and Greek ancestry brought camels here for the US Cavalry's use in the late 1800s. Having died in Quartzsite, there is a pyramid style memorial with a camel atop to Hi Jolly. His actual name was Hadji Ali Philip Tedro. The cemetery is named after him also. There's always something to learn at these amazing small cemeteries.
Written July 10, 2021
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patti and rick
Quartzsite, AZ17 contributions
Couples
I'd say most people do not know the story of army camels in the desert and this is a quick introduction. spend some time seeing the names of original settlers.
Written May 6, 2019
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misadventureyels
Houma, LA72 contributions
Family
Interesting stop to learn a bit of history. I thought the length of the informational sign with its bits of unrelated information was comical. Looked like the tomb is also a time capsule.
Written April 23, 2018
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