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Yuma Crossing.
National Heritage Area.
Yuma, Arizona.

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Google Map To Yuma Crossing. National Heritage Area. Yuma, Arizona.

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Gateway Park. Yuma Crossing. National Heritage Area. Yuma, Arizona. Photo Courtesy: City of Yuma, Arizona.
Google Map Of Port Isabel, Sonora Mexico. In The Colorado Delta.
This Is Where The Colorado River Drains or Exits Into The Gulf Of California.
Goods & Supplies Were Brought To Yuma
From California Aboard Ships That Traveled Around The Baja California Peninsula & Up
The Gulf Of California To Port Isabel, Sonora At The Mouth Of The Colorado River.
By 1867, Port Isabel, Was Situated On The Port Isabel Slough
Whose Mouth Was East Of The Main Channel Of The Colorado River
On It's Channel North East Of Montague Island About 2 1/2 Miles From The Port Isabel Slough Entrance.
Goods Were Then Shipped Through This Port To The Yuma Quartermaster Depot In Yuma. Trip Of About 143 Miles.

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The subject of this web page is "The Yuma Crossing." What does that mean?

That means that we will discuss the first people to use the Yuma Crossing, why they used it, & how they used it. We also will discuss travel on foot, row boats, ferry boats, steam boats, bridges, railroad trains, and modern day cars, & trucks. The present day National Heritage Area Park in Yuma, Arizona is a great place to visit, to study the movement of animals, people, & goods; across the Colorado River at Yuma.

Any discussion of the Yuma Crossing should be preceeded by a brief discussion about the Colorado River.

The Colorado River is one of the principal rivers of the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico (the other being the Rio Grande). The 1,450-mile (2,330 km) Colorado River drains an expansive, arid watershed that encompasses parts of seven U.S. and two Mexican states. Rising in the central Rocky Mountains in the U.S., the river flows generally southwest across the Colorado Plateau and through the Grand Canyon before reaching Lake Mead on the Arizona–Nevada border, where it turns south toward the international border. After entering Mexico, the Colorado approaches the large Colorado River Delta at the tip of the Gulf of California between Baja California and Sonora.

The Yuma Crossing is a site in both Arizona, and California that is significant for its historical association with transportation and communication across the Colorado River. To be clear, we are referring to a point where people and goods crossed the Colorado River or moved people and goods on the Colorado River through Mexico, into the present day Yuma, Arizona, in the United States.

The crossing point on the Colorado River connected New Spain and Las Californias during the Spanish Colonial period (1550–1810), and also during the Western expansion of the United States (1807-1912).

Features of the Arizona side of the river include the Yuma Quartermaster Depot and Yuma Territorial Prison. Features on the California Side include Fort Yuma, which protected the area from 1850 to 1885.

The reason this site was used for a river crossing is that it was the only narrow place on the Colorado River for almost a thousand miles. It also was where two massive granite outcroppings were located on the Colorado River. It was also an ancient crossing point for both the Patayan tribes (700–1550 CE.), and later on the Quechan (about 1550 CE. to Present).

In 1540, Yuma’s European history began at the River Crossing at Yuma with the arrival of the Spanish explorer Hernando de Alarcon. Much later the Yuma Crossing became the focal point for travel to the Wild West, from the 1840s California Gold Rush era to the arrival of the railroad in the 1877, and finally the Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge, which linked the East coast and the West coast in one land route.

Then after the Mexican-American War in 1848, the U.S. Army built Fort Yuma here to protect travelers from Indians raiding the area. It was also the center point of conflict in the Yuma War of 1850-53. Then from 1864-1890, the fort and nearby facilities was the main army base to support the US Army's efforts to control the Indians throughout the greater southwest.

At about the same time, the Butterfield Stage established a stagecoach station about a mile downriver from Yuma for their main line coming from the east to California.

After the Army arrived and built Fort Yuma, the ferry they used was purchased by L. J. F. Jaeger and his partner from Johnson and his partners. It was named Jaeger's Ferry.

Jaeger developed the ferry that could carry a wagon and team of horses between the California and Arizona shores. Jaeger later built a store and hotel on the north bank, in California, calling it Jaeger City.

Across the river he owned a lot in Colorado City for the price of a ferrying its surveying party across the river.

In 1858 the ferry became the crossing point of the Butterfield Overland Mail and Jaeger City became the location of its stage station and its local district office.

Later, during the Great Flood of 1862, Jaeger's Ferry, Jaeger City and Colorado City were destroyed by the flooding of the Colorado River. Today, nothing remains.

The Yuma Crossing was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966, under the name Yuma Crossing and Associated Sites.

DIRECTIONS:
180 W. First Street Suite E, Yuma, AZ 85364

From the I-10 W toward Los Angeles. Take exit 112 to merge onto AZ-85 S/S Oglesby Rd toward I-8/Yuma/San Diego, continue to follow AZ-85 S, and continue onto W Pima St and merge onto I-8 W via the ramp to San Diego. Take exit 172 toward Winterhaven/4th Ave. Turn left at Winterhaven Dr and make a U-turn at W 1st St.


If you want to visit the Yuma Crossing. National Heritage Area Web Page click on the Yuma Crossing. National Heritage Area. Web Page Link. You will leave our web page.


NOTE: We have placed all of the "old time" photos of boats, bridges, & other related attractions that we could find on this page. We also have placed our own photos of the related crossing attractions on this page. Some of the "old time" photos are not of good quality, but they are the best that are available.


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Mexico Can Be Easily Visited, If You Are In Yuma.
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Steamboat Cochan. About 1900.
Yuma Crossing.
National Heritage Area.
Yuma, Arizona.
Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Steamboat Mohave #2.
About 1876. Yuma Crossing.
National Heritage Area.
Yuma, Arizona.
Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Steamboat Colorado No. 2. About 1900.
At Port Isabel, Sonora, Mexico.
Colorado River.
Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Fort Yuma, California On Background Hill.
Yuma Crossing. About 1875.
National Heritage Area.
Yuma, Arizona.
Drawing Courtesy: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Lost Howe Pony Truss Bridge. Over The Colorado River
On Southern Pacific Railroad. Near Yuma, Arizona.
Photo Taken: September 30, 1877.
Bridge Destroyed By Flood. July 1, 1884.
Fort Yuma On Hill In Background. Photo Public Domain.
First Train Ever Crossing.
Lost Howe Pony Truss Bridge. Over The Colorado River
On Southern Pacific Railroad. Near Yuma, Arizona.
Photo Taken: September 30, 1877.
Fort Yuma On Hill In Background. Photo Public Domain.
Yuma Swing Bridge (2nd). In Background.
Over The Colorado River
On Southern Pacific Railroad.
Near Yuma, Arizona.
Built In 1884 To Replace
The Lost Howe Pony Truss Bridge.
It Was Destroyed By Fire In 1885. Photo Public Domain.
Yuma Swing Bridge (3rd).
Over The Colorado River
On Southern Pacific Railroad.
Near Yuma, Arizona.
It Was Built in 1886.
To Replace The Yuma Swing Bridge (2nd)
It Was Then Replaced Again In 1894.
Photo Public Domain.
Open, Yuma Swing Bridge (3rd).
Over The Colorado River
On Southern Pacific Railroad.
Near Yuma, Arizona.
It Was Built in 1886.
To Replace The Yuma Swing Bridge (2nd)
It Was Then Replaced
Again In 1894. Photo Public Domain.
Yuma Swing Bridge (4th).
Over The Colorado River
On Southern Pacific Railroad.
Near Yuma, Arizona.
Built in 1894-1899.
To Replace The Yuma Swing Bridge (3rd)
Replaced In 1923 On New Alignment.
Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Note: Fort Yuma In Background.
Survey Map 1849, Yuma, River Crossing.Rope Drawn Ferry Crossing.
Over The Colorado River.
Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Abandoned Yuma Depot
Prior To Changes Made By
The Bureau Of Reclamation
Foreground Corral House &. Adobe Corral.
Circa 1903.
Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Yuma Crossing & RR Bridge in 1886.
Fort Yuma California & Arizona
Yuma Main Street. Circa 1870.Yuma Main Street. Circa 1900.
Yuma Swing Span Bridge.
(3rd) Circa 1893.
Yuma Main Street. Circa 1900.
On Arizona Side Of River.
Fort Yuma On Hill, Top Right.
Steamboat Colorado No. 1. About 1860.
At Port Isabel, Sonora, Mexico.
Colorado River.
Gila Barge No.3 & Cocopah.
Yuma Crossing. About 1860.
National Heritage Area.
Yuma, Arizona.
Gila Steamboat. About 1873.
At Colorado River.
Mohave No. 2.
Yuma Crossing. About 1876.
National Heritage Area.
Yuma, Arizona.
Aztec Gasoline Powered Ferry.
About 1916. At Colorado River.
Hard Rock Miners. Cerbet Mountains.
Cerbat Is Nine Miles Northwest Of Kingman.
They Had To Go From The Yuma Crossing.
To Get There. In About 1916.
Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge On Left
Ocean to Ocean Bridge On Right.
Over The Colorado River.
Southern Pacific Railroad Depot
On California Side Of Colorado River.
Ocean to Ocean Bridge
Over The Colorado River
Completed In 1915.
First & Only Vehicular Traffic Bridge Over
The Lower Colorado River For 1,200 miles.
Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge
Over The Colorado River
Completed In 1923.
Replaced The Old Swing Bridge.
Yuma I-8 Bridge
Over The Colorado River.
Yuma Crossing. National Heritage Area.
Yuma I-8 Bridge
Over The Colorado River.
Yuma Crossing. National Heritage Area.
Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive.
1907 Baldwin Locomotive # 2521.
Yuma Crossing. National Heritage Area.
Yuma, Arizona.
Now Located In The Pivot Point Park.
Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive.
1907 Baldwin Locomotive # 2521.
Yuma Crossing. National Heritage Area.
Yuma, Arizona
Now Located In The Pivot Point Park.
Southern Pacific Railroad.
Passenger Coach Car No. 1643.
Yuma Crossing. National Heritage Area. Yuma, Arizona.
Built By Central Pacific Railroad
In Sacramento, California In 1875.
Operated In The Oakland-Alameda Area For Many Years.
Southern Pacific Railroad.
Passenger Coach Car No. 1643.
Yuma Crossing. National Heritage Area. Yuma, Arizona.
In 1913 It Was Converted Into A Maintenance Of Way Car.
Sent To Yuma Between 1913 And 1938.
Condemned By The SPRR Tucson Division In 1938.
Avenue 4E Bridge.
Over B 3.17 Lateral Irrigation Canal.
Known As The Yuma Main Canal. Built 1977.
Carries Much Commercial Trucking.
Located Near Yuma Crossing. National Heritage Area.
Avenue 4E Bridge.
Over B 3.17 Lateral Irrigation Canal.
Known As The Yuma Main Canal.
Carries Much Commercial Trucking.
Located Near Yuma Crossing. National Heritage Area.
Gila River Entering Colorado River.
About 3 Miles East Of The Yuma Crossing.
National Heritage Area.
Yuma, Arizona. January 21, 2016.
Gila River Entering Colorado River.
About 3 Miles East Of The Yuma Crossing.
National Heritage Area.
Yuma, Arizona. January 21, 2016.
Gila River Entering Colorado River.
About 3 Miles East Of The Yuma Crossing.
National Heritage Area.
Yuma, Arizona. January 21, 2016.
Gila River Entering Colorado River.
About 3 Miles East Of The Yuma Crossing.
National Heritage Area.
Yuma, Arizona. January 21, 2016.

Gila River Entering The Colorado River Near Yuma, Arizona.
Photo Taken January 21, 2016.
Click On This Photo For A Video Of Gila River Entering The Coloradp River Near Yuma, Arizona. 41.57 MB.

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If You Drive Your Car Into Mexico
You Must Have Mexican Auto Insurance!
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You Can Go To Jail, If You Have A Wreck & No Mexican Insurance!
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To Purchase Auto Insurance In Mexico. No Obligation!


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