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Yuma in Yuma County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Yuma Crossing Park

 
 
Yuma Crossing Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 13, 2010
1. Yuma Crossing Park Marker
Inscription. Yuma Crossing, used since prehistoric times, played a significant part in the development of the West and continues to influence the affairs of the state and the nation. The Yuma City-County Bicentennial Commission in the spring of 1974 conceived the idea of establishing Yuma Crossing Park to commemorate the past and future of this historic spot and inaugurated the project on November 29, 1975.
 
Erected by Yuma City-County Bicentennial Commission and Arizona Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 32° 43.631′ N, 114° 37.409′ W. Marker is in Yuma, Arizona, in Yuma County. Marker can be reached from North 4th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in front 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 of this marker. Southern Pacific Passenger Coach Car (within shouting distance of this marker); Office of the U. S. Army Depot Quartermaster (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Quartermaster Depot Water Reservoir
Yuma Crossing Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 13, 2010
2. Yuma Crossing Park Marker
(about 600 feet away); Commanding Officer's Quarters & Kitchen (about 600 feet away); Yuma Crossing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Yuma City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Robert G. Fowler (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Robert G. Fowler (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yuma.
 
Regarding Yuma Crossing Park. This site was designated as a National Historic Landmark on November 13, 1966.
Statement of Significance:
First used by Native Americans, this natural crossing served as a significant transportation gateway on the Colorado River during the Spanish Colonial and U.S. westward expansion periods. The surviving buildings of the Yuma Quartermaster Depot and Arizona Territorial Prison are the key features on the Arizona side of the border; across the river, in California, stand the surviving buildings of Fort Yuma, an Army outpost that guarded the crossing from 1850 to 1885.
 
Also see . . .  History of Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park. The park was opened and dedicated in 1997. The
Yuma Crossing National Historic Landmark Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 13, 2010
3. Yuma Crossing National Historic Landmark Marker
Arizona State Park website gives the history of the park and the area. Photos and additional informational links are also shown. (Submitted on March 24, 2010.) 
 
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Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 13, 2010
4. Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park Entrance
Yuma Crossing Park Marker is on left and National Historic Landmark Marker is on right of entrance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 897 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 23, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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