Today we briefly explored the town and then came back to the rig, enjoyed the scenery here at our campsite, and I read the tourist literature we picked up. I should have read it in the car, because next time I want to see these three things:
The Great Tree: Near the Quartzsite Town Hall is an ironwood tree that’s supposedly over a thousand years old.
World’s largest saguaro cactus: I do love the saguaros. And near Castle Dome Peak south of Quartzsite is what’s claimed to be the world’s biggest, with 47 “arms.”
The Hi Jolly Monument: The US Army once brought camels and their drivers from the Middle East in an attempt to introduce camels to the American Southwest. The experiment failed and the drivers left except for one man named Hadji Ali. Locally known as Hi Jolly, he became a prospector. A memorial at the local cemetery pays tribute to him.
|A pretty typical view near downtown Quartzsite, Arizona.|