Beale Wagon Road

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Old Beale Wagon Road near Kerlin's Well.JPG


The Beale Wagon Road is named after the surveyor and superintendent of construction Edward Fitzgerald "Ned" Beale,
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Edward Fitzgerald "Ned" Beale
(4 February 1822 - 22 April 1893) who was commissioned to build a wagon road from Fort Smith, Arkansas to Los Angeles, California. The route of the Beale Wagon Road became U.S. Highway 66 and the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad. The route generally follows modern-day Interstate 40 although the wagon road is usually slightly north and closer to the mountains and hills.

The complete report of the construction of the road is contained in: Beale, Edward Fitzgerald. Wagon Road, Fort Smith to Colorado River. Washington, D.C.: s.n, 1860. eBook available from the Hathi Trust WorldCat 568719332

The Beale expedition is notable in that it used camels to carry supplies.
Wikipedia has more about this subject: U.S. Camel Corps
 As part of the expedition's transportation needs, Beale acquired 25 camels, imported from Tunis, as pack animals. The Army hired a camel driver named Hi Jolly to work with the camels. Hi Jolly is buried in Quartzite, Arizona. See Hi Jolly

The Beale Wagon Road is also significant as the route of early immigration to Arizona from Utah by the pioneers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.