Monday, January 25, 2016

Quartzsite, Arizona

Focus on Hi Jolly Cemetery: When people died in the desert, they were buried in the desert. In Quartzsite, Arizona, that meant a simple grave with a wooden marker or a block of quartz. (The latter captures the spirit of place so much better.) A modern plot like this contrasts sharply with the oldest graves, which date back to the 1800s. Hi Jolly himself is buried by the pyramid that honors his role in trying to get a "camel-express" service going across the Sonoran Desert. [2015]

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