• Hi Jolly Monument - Quartzsite, Arizona

      Photo by Kimberly Goza
      Hi Jolly was the Americanized name of Hadji Ali, a Greek/ Syrian immigrant who was one of several Middle Eastern men hired by the U.S. Army in 1857 (by Secretary Of War Jefferson Davis) to drive camels laden with cargo across the desert. The experiment was discontinued after a short time, but it was still much more successful than people often believe. In any case, Hi Jolly stuck around until his death in 1902. A colorful and beloved character, he became a bit of a legend, and was honored with this pyramid shaped monument constructed in 1903 and embellished later. Visitors still place coins on the monument in tribute to him.

      If you go:
      The monument stands in a cemetery with many monuments to military men. You'll spot the camel motif cropping up in other places in Quartzsite, an interesting little town that is known as a haven for RV boondockers as well as rock and mineral lovers.


      West Elsie Lane and Hi Jolly Lane
      Quartzsite, Arizona 85346 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Quartzsite Town Hall
      +1 (928) 927-4333