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COMMUNITIES OF LA PAZ COUNTY

La Paz County is located in the middle of western Arizona, strategically positioned to serve the western United States. The county encompasses the incorporated towns of Parker (County seat) and Quartzsite and the unincorporated areas of Vicksburg, Hope, Brenda, Salome, Wenden, Bouse, Ehrenberg, and Cibola as well as a major portion of the Colorado River Indian Tribes' reservation.

La Paz County was Established in 1983 after voters approved separating the northern portion of Yuma County, making it the only county to be established after Arizona became a state in 1912. The name of the county is the Spanish word for "the peace", and is taken from the early settlement (now ghost town) of La Paz along the Colorado River.

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Parker

ParkerParker, Arizona is located on the east bank of Colorado River. The Parker Area includes several separate but interested locales: the Town of Parker, Parker South, the Parker Valley, the Parker Strip and the communities of Earp, Parker Dam, and Big River on the California side of the Colorado River. The Town of Parker was founded in 1908. In 1983, voters formed La Paz County, carved from the northern portion of Yuma County. Parker became the county seat for the newly-formed La Paz County.

The Parker Dam and Power Plant located north of the 16-mile Parker Strip, was completed in 1938, forming Lake Havasu. Parker Dam is a concrete gravity arch dam that is 320 feet tall, although 235 feet is below the riverbed, making it the deepest dam in the world at one time.

Parker offers a blend of small town charm with a vast of array of year-round recreational activities, including boating, water skiing, swimming, parasailing, fishing, camping, hiking, and golf at the award-winning Emerald Canyon Golf course, the “Jewel of the Colorado River.”

For more information ... visit the following websites
www.parkeraz.org - Parker Area Chamber of Commerce
www.TownofParkerArizona.com - Town of Parker

Quartzsite

QuartzsiteQuartzsite is best known as “The Gathering Place” for winter visitors looking for reasonable accommodations, scenic beauty, fantastic weather, and fun activities. Quartzsite is in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, just 879 feet above sea level, and is surrounded by a backdrop of mountains in all directions, with pristine desert views, glorious sunsets, and relaxed life style.

Quartzsite is the “Destination of Choice” for literally millions of adventure-seeking winter visitors. Reasonably-priced accommodations include: 60+ R.V. Parks; motels, and over 11,000 acres of BLM dispersed camping...all off-road vehicle friendly. Miles of off-road trails and sights abound. Winter visitors enjoy acres and acres of gems and minerals brought here for sale by the people who mined them, along with diverse treasures brought by a myriad of vendors offering “Everything Under The Sun!”

For more information ... visit the following websites
www.quartzsitetourism.com - Quartzsite Area C of C & Tourism
www.qiaarizona.org - Quartzsite Improvement Association
www.QuartzsiteBusinessChamber.com - Quartzsite Business Chamber
www.QuartzsiteAZ.org - Town of Quartzsite

Colorado River Indian Tribes (C.R.I.T.)

CRITThe Colorado River Indian Tribes include four distinct Tribes: the Mohave, Chemehuevi, Hopi and Navajo, totaling 4,070 active Tribal members. The CRIT Reservation, created by the Federal Government in 1865 for “Indians of the Colorado River and its Tributaries, originally included Mohave and Chemehuevi who had inhabited the area for centuries. People of the Hopi and Navajo Tribes were relocated to the reservation in later years. The reservation stretches along the Colorado River on both the Arizona and California sides and includes almost 300,000 acres of land, with the river serving as the focal point and lifeblood of the area.

Parker, AZ is the primary community in the CRIT Reservation; smaller communities include Poston, 10 miles south of Parker. Agriculture has always been the primary economic activity on the CRIT Reservation, going back to the days when mesquite trees were plentiful along the banks of the river and relied upon for everything from food and cooking to Tribal traditions and ceremonies. CRIT continues to have a strong farming and agricultural industry. However, over the past decade, the Tribal economy has diversified with a heavy emphasis toward tourism, as CRIT opened the Blue Water Resort and Casino in Parker which attracts both cultural and recreational tourists to the area.

For more information ... visit the following websites
www.crit-nsn.gov/crit_contents/tourism - C.R.I.T. Tourism

Bouse

BouseTankBouse has a proud mining and military history. Today’s unincorporated community of Bouse, located 29 miles from the Arizona/California border on Highway 72, began as an 1860 mining town of prospectors’ tents and their dreams of copper and gold. But, by 1930 the nearby thriving copper mining community of Swansea and Bouse’s scattered gold mines played out, and Bouse became a sleepy village of agriculture farms and cattle ranches.

With the world at war in 1943, Bouse was to become known again, but only to a limited few, when General Patton brought troops to Bouse for secret desert training—so extremely top secret it was not even listed with the dozen other training camps in this area. A scale model of the ‘Gizmo,’ the tank turret developed to be the secret weapon to bring an end to WWII, and other memorabilia of Camp Bouse and mining in the area can be seen at the Bouse Historical Museum.

Bouse has what residents call a “unique flavor”. Unlike so many other small communities, the residents of Bouse are very involved in local activities. It is a popular retirement area and winter spot for northern visitors wishing to escape the harsh, cold winters.

For more information ... visit the following websites
www.bouseazchamber.com
- Bouse Chamber of Commerce
www.bouseaz.com
- community website

Cibola / Ehrenberg

CibolaEhrenberg, a desert community alongside the Colorado River, has a colorful history. Founded in 1863 as Mineral City at the site of William and Isaac Bradshaw’s ferry landing, it was renamed in 1866 after Herman Ehrenberg, a surveyor and mining engineer who was murdered in Dos Palmas, California. Ehrenberg became a major port during the1870s when the Colorado River served as a main source of transportation to the interior of the Arizona territory. Gold-crazed Californians crossed the Colorado River at Ehrenberg during the great La Paz rush. At only 200 feet above sea level, this unincorporated community has a Sonoran Desert setting; nearby mountains provide topographic relief.

The little community of Cibola was part of the ancestral and traditional home of the Yuma Tribes of the Colorado River, principally the Mohave and Quechan. Cibola Refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a national network of lands and waters managed for the benefit of wildlife, habitat and you. ... For more information ... CLICK HERE

McMullen Valley
(Hope, Brenda, Salome, Wenden, Vicksburg)

SalomeThe Greater McMullen Valley area comprises a necklace of communities strung along Route 60 through the scenic Sonoran Desert from Brenda on the west to Wenden on the east. Hope, Vicksburg and Salome lay in between, filled with old mines to be explored and forgotten history to be rediscovered.

Downtown Salome boasts a modern version of the Cactus Bar in the same 80-year-old adobe structure where the beer (or lemonade) is colder than it’s ever been. A self-guided walking (or drive by) tour that begins in front of the McMullen Valley Chamber building next door, can help visitors visualize the glory days of Salome. The signposts recall a time when Salome was called the “best known little town in America.”

While nights in Salome once offered illegal slots at various spots around town, now-a-days, karaoke, line dancing and pool can be enjoyed at the Cactus Bar, Stanford Inn – Salome Café and the Iron Horse in Harcuvar, suburb of Salome.
A visit to Wenden, will enable visitors to inspect the restored cemetery just outside of town, where many notable 20th century pioneers are resting. From there, drive with caution along the road to Alamo, being careful not to hit the wild burros strolling on the side of the road. Try your luck catching a small mouth bass from the Lake and bring it home for dinner. A cool breeze off the Lake makes Alamo a refreshing spot to enjoy in the afternoon any time of year.

For more information ... visit the following websites
www.azoutback.net - McMullen Valley Chamber of Commerce

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