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Yuma in Yuma County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Commanding Officer's Quarters & Kitchen
 
Commanding Officer's Quarters & Kitchen Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, March 13, 2010
1. Commanding Officer's Quarters & Kitchen Marker
 
Inscription. In 1859, steamboat entrepreneur George Alonzo Johnson built a riverside home for his bride, Estefana Alvarado. Now known as the Commanding Officer's Quarters, the home is believed to be Arizona's oldest Anglo-built adobe building. In the devastating Colorado River flood of 1862, this building and the nearby Hooper residence, now the detached kitchen, were unharmed because they were built on high ground. Quartermaster personnel used the buildings from the mid-1860's until the military abandoned Fort Yuma in 1883.

In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt designated the Commanding Officer's Quarters as a customs reserve and the U.S. Customs Service remained in the building until 1955. In 1956, the City of Yuma purchased the Commanding Officer's Quarters and Kitchen from the federal government. Ownership was transferred to Arizona State Parks Board in 1986 and rehabilitation was completed in 1991.
 
Location. 32° 43.683′ N, 114° 37.305′ W. Marker is in Yuma, Arizona, in Yuma County. Marker can be reached from North 4th Avenue. Click for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 North 4th Avenue, Yuma AZ 85364, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
 
Commanding Officer's Quarters & Kitchen and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, March 13, 2010
2. Commanding Officer's Quarters & Kitchen and Marker
 
of this marker. Quartermaster Depot Water Reservoir (a few steps from this marker); Office of the U. S. Army Depot Quartermaster (within shouting distance of this marker); Southern Pacific Passenger Coach Car (about 400 feet away, in a direct line); Yuma Crossing Park (about 600 feet away); Yuma City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Yuma Crossing (approx. mile away); Masonic Temple – Lodge #17 (approx. mile away); Napoleon House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Yuma.
 
Commanding Officer's Quarters & Kitchen Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, March 13, 2010
3. Commanding Officer's Quarters & Kitchen
 
 
Customs House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, 3
4. Customs House Marker
This marker is located next to sidewalk at the west end of the Commanding Officer's Quarters. It was placed in 1959 by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
 
Customshouse Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, March 13, 2010
5. Customshouse Marker
This marker is located next to sidewalk at the west end of the Commanding Officer's Quarters.

Yuma Customhouse
Designated an
Historic Customhouse
by
Commissioner of Customs
Vernon D. Acree
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 826 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 23, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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