Red Ghost of Arizona
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Red Ghost of Arizona

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In 1856, sixty-two camels, along with trainers, were shipped from Turkey to Texas to form an experimental U.S. Army Camel Corps. Their end destination was Camp Verde, where a Turk named Hadji Ali, known to Americans as “Hi Jolly,” trained cavalrymen to use the camels for surveying the harsh lands of the southwest.

Lt. Edward Beale utilized them in his 1858 survey of the 35th Parallel, which established the path later followed by Route 66. With the outbreak of the Civil War, most of the camels were sold or released, while some were acquired by Confederates when they seized Camp Verde in 1863.

Twenty years later, reports began to surface of attacks on ranchers in southern Arizona by a giant red beast with a skeleton on its back. After a woman was trampled to death, a ten-year hunt for the “Red Ghost” was on. The reign of terror finally ended in 1893 when rancher Mizoo Hastings shot the Red Ghost dead.

The beast was identified as a rogue camel, and tied to its back with leather straps was a human skeleton. It was speculated that the rider had been a soldier, though it was never confirmed. It was also not determined if the owner of the bones died before, or after, beginning his long ride.


 


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