my-turbanist, camels and transit modes: the postcard

In another postcard for your urbanist, transit-oriented friends, an interurban transit operator guards himself from the sun.

For an additional reference, consider Stephen Killion’s June 24 Architizer post, which provides the nineteenth century history of the U.S. Camel Corps as a prologue to a discussion of transit issues in Los Angeles. He ironically warns that without care, new transit proposals of the Obama-era could go the way of the failed allocation of 28 camels to the city for cargo purposes as part of the Camel Corps’ downsizing in 1863.

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  5. I happened to see the rather sad pyramid memorial to Hadji Ali, called Hi Jolly by his new American friends, in Quartzsite, Arizona. ‘Hi Jolly’ was a transplanted Syrian who must have felt very foreign indeed in a world where people had trouble pronouncing Hadji, let alone understanding what it means to be a Hadji.

    He ran part of the Camel Military Corps, which was to build the wagon route from Texas to California. It was expected that camels would take over the mail routes as well. This was before the trains, of course.

    Thanks for the postcard and the memories.

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