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London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

It is a relocated 1830 bridge that formerly spanned the River Thames in London, Robert McCulloch, founder of the Lake Havasu City, spent $7 million to have the bridge moved to the community he established in 1964. The bridge's exterior granite blocks were numbered and transported by ship, then rebuilt over a reinforced concrete structure built on land in-between the main part of the city and Pittsburgh Point, a peninsula connected to Lake Havasu. After the bridge was reconstructed, the Bridgewater Channel Canal was dredged under the bridge and flooded. Following reconstruction of the London Bridge, Lake Havasu City rededicated it in a ceremony on October 10, 1971.

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Arizona Peace Trail

The “Arizona Peace Trail” is a great way to take daily rides or planned overnight trips in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. At least a dozen regional OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) clubs, in three counties, have participated in the adding of great places to visit throughout Yuma, La Paz and Mohave Counties.

 

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Tours of Hoover Dam

The facility is owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation who conduct guided tours down into the dam and around the generating rooms at the base. The tours used to begin via elevators right on the top of the dam, and generally required only a short wait, but now the entrance is through the new visitor center, and busy summer days may see several hundred people queuing in line, with a waiting time of up to two hours. There are two options; the 30 minute Powerplant Tour (2014 price $15 per person) explores the generating facilities (includes a video presentation and various exhibits), while the one hour Hoover Dam Tour (2014 price $30) additionally visits less well known areas inside the dam.

Cibola National Wildlife Refuge

Cibola National Wildlife Refuge

Cibola NWR is located in the floodplain of the lower Colorado River surrounded by a fringe of desert ridges and washes. The refuge encompasses both the historic Colorado River channel as well as a channelized portion constructed in the late 1960’s. Along with these main water bodies, several important backwaters are home to many wildlife species that reside in this portion of the Sonoran Desert. Because of the river’s life sustaining water, wildlife at the refuge survives in an environment that reaches 120 degrees in the summer and receives an average of only 2 inches of rain per year.

 

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Joseph Cone's Cabin

Joseph F. Cone – Known as the “man who wore skirts in summer”. He was a philosopher, woodworker, and a wise and loyal friend, a deckhand on sailing ships and had long gray hair tied back with ribbon.. He made his home from a depression in the side of the mountain, digging into the mountain side for its rooms and walls. His second home was built above ground with the sides in intricate rock work. (Note: His cabins, occupied until Joseph Cone died at age 75, still stand. The smaller cabin’s door and window openings were decorated with stones of white quartz and he lived in this one. The larger cabin was his workshop. Some of his work is at the Quartzsite Museum. To go to this site, drive west from Quartzsite on the frontage road that parallels I-10 on the south, 1.5 miles beyond Love's Truck Stop. Turn left on the asphalt road (which leads to Rainbow Acres) for 1.1 miles until you see a dirt road taking off to your left. At this point the cabins are visible a short distance away.)

 

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Castle Dome Mines Museum

The Castle Dome Mines Museum is located 30 miles north of Yuma in the ghost town of Castle Dome. Once a thriving industrial town bustling with more than 3,000 inhabitants, Castle Dome is now a deserted town-turned-museum filled with rich Arizona history. Restored buildings house authentic relics from the town’s past including old mining equipment, furniture and newspaper clippings.

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Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

On July 1, 1876, the first seven inmates entered the Territorial Prison at Yuma and were locked into the new cells they had built themselves. At Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park walk through the actual strap iron cells and solitary chamber of Arizona Territory’s first prison. Now a museum, the building houses photographs and colorful exhibits of those who once “involuntarily” stayed there and the prison life they had to endure. A total of 3,069 prisoners, including 29 women, lived within the walls during the prison’s 33 years of operation. .