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Yuma Quartermaster Depot.
State Historic Park.
Yuma, Arizona.

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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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Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park is on the grounds of the former Yuma Quartermaster Depot. The depot was established by the U.S. Army in 1864 to store and distribute supplies to frontier army posts in what is now Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.

One purpose of the depot was to ensure that a six month supply of much needed goods such as ammunition, food and clothing was on hand at all times. The goods and supplies were brought to Yuma from California aboard ships that traveled around the Baja California peninsula and up the Gulf of California to Port Isabel, Sonora at the mouth of the Colorado River. Supplies were then shipped up the Colorado on river boats to Yuma and stored at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot.

The route on the Colorado River started at the Colorado Delta in the northern part of the Gulf of California and it went up the Colorado River to the area of present day Yuma.

The route of the steamboats began in the Colorado River Delta, where there was at first just an anchorage near Robinson's Landing in Baja California, 10 miles above the river mouth and 140 miles below Fort Yuma. Here they picked up their cargoes from ships in the river, to avoid paying Mexican customs duties for landing their cargo. The extreme tides and its tidal bore in the estuary above the river mouth made this loading operation difficult and sometimes dangerous for the vessels engaging in it. Some 20 miles above that anchorage the first steamboats were assembled until the later 1860s. There the tidal conditions were not so violent but the tide could aid in launching the craft.

From 1854, between the delta anchorage and Fort Yuma were the wood-yard steamboat landings of Port Famine 40 miles above Robinson's Landing, Gridiron, 17 miles above Port Famine, Ogden's Landing 28 miles above Gridiron, Pedrick's 24 miles above Ogden's Landing, and Fort Yuma 31 miles above Pedrick's. With reliable transportation to the fort, new settlements developed in the vicinity of the fort. Colorado City and Jaeger City a mile below Fort Yuma at Jaeger's Ferry. In 1858, 1 mile above Colorado City, across the river from Fort Yuma, Arizona City was founded, (renamed Yuma in 1873).

In 1864, a better location for an anchorage, and a port and shipyard was established at Port Isabel, Sonora, 157 miles below Fort Yuma and 7 miles east of the river mouth on the eastern outlet of the river. In 1873, Lerdo Landing appeared on the river, 3 miles above Port Famine, to connect the pioneering agricultural settlement of Colonia Lerdo to the steamboat traffic on the river. Port Isabel remained in use until 1879, when the railroad came to Yuma, Arizona making it the head of navigation and made Port Isabel and the woodlot landings below Yuma obsolete.

Port Isabel was a seaport established on Port Isabel Slough in 1865 during the American Civil War in Sonora, Mexico in the mouth of the Colorado River on the Gulf of California. It was founded to support the increased river traffic caused by the gold rush that began in 1862 on the Colorado River and the Yuma Quartermaster Depot newly established in 1864 to support the Army posts in the Arizona Military District. The slough was discovered in 1865 by the Captain W. H. Pearson of the schooner Isabel, that first used the slough to transfer its cargo to steamboats safe from the tidal bore of the Colorado River. Shortly afterward Port Isabel was established 3 miles up the slough and replaced Robinson's Landing as the place where cargo was unloaded in the river from seagoing craft on to flatbottomed steamboats of the Colorado River and carried up to Fort Yuma and points further north on the river.

By 1867, Port Isabel, was situated on Port Isabel Slough whose moutht lay to the east of the main channel of the Colorado River on its channel east of Montague Island about 21/2 miles from its entrance, at the first good landing place, the shores below being of very soft mud. Port Isabel, served as a location for repairing the river steamers and barges at a location about 2 miles above Port Isabel on what was called Shipyard Slough that became the site called Ship Yard, which had a few frame buildings, a dry dock and a ship way where steamboats could be constructed or repaired.

The supplies gathered at the quartermaster depot were shipped throughout the southwest via river boats and overland on mule team freight wagons. Up to 900 mules were kept in stables at Yuma Quartermaster Depot. The arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad in Yuma in 1877 signaled the end of the depot. When the railroad reached Tucson in 1880, the quartermaster depot was closed. The quartermasters moved to Fort Lowell in Tucson.

The Signal Corps, having arrived at Fort Yuma and the quartermaster depot in 1875, remained there until 1891. Following the departure of the Signal Corps, the property was transferred to the control of the U.S. Weather Service which worked out of the depot site until 1949.

The Southern Pacific Railroad reached Yuma in 1877 and heralded the end of the Quartermaster Depot and Fort Yuma. Trains could ship supplies much faster and cheaper than the Army could by water and freight wagons, and the depot was no longer needed in Yuma. When the railroad reached Tucson, the depot's functions were moved to Fort Lowell (in Tucson) and the depot officially closed in 1883.

The Yuma Quartermaster Depot fell into a state of disrepair in the years following 1949. Some of the facilities were used by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other governmental agencies.

The Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park is located within the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, an area that seeks to conserve, enhance, and interpret the natural and cultural resources of the community. The park offers a visitor center, exhibits, gift shop, picnic areas, group use areas, and restrooms.

Five of the original depot buildings remain on the park grounds, and four of these buildings contain exhibits which cover both the military history of the site and the history of the Bureau of Reclamation’s construction of major irrigation works in the Yuma area during the early 1900s.

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201 N. 4th Avenue Yuma, AZ 85364

The Yuma Quartermaster Depot. State Historic Park is situated on 9 acres along the Colorado River in Yuma, Arizona. It is located at the Fourth Avenue exit south from Interstate 8. After crossing the Colorado River, the entrance to the park is on the east side of Fourth Avenue.


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Yuma Quartermaster Depot.
State Historic Park. Yuma, Arizona.
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Yuma Quartermaster Depot
State Historic Park. Yuma, Arizona.
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This Used To Be Three Buildings.
Storehouse.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot.
State Historic Park. Yuma, Arizona.
Corral House.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot
State Historic Park. Yuma, Arizona.
Tools At Corral House.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot.
State Historic Park. Yuma, Arizona.
Back Side Of Corral House.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot
State Historic Park. Yuma, Arizona.
Storehouse.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot.
State Historic Park. Yuma, Arizona.
Storehouse.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot.
State Historic Park. Yuma, Arizona.
Southern Pacific Railroad.
Passenger Coach Car No. 1643.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot. Yuma, Arizona.
Built By Central Pacific Railroad In Sacramento, California In 1875.
Operated In The Oakland-Alameda Area For Many Years.
Currently Being Restored.
Southern Pacific Railroad.
Passenger Coach Car No. 1643.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot. 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.
Currently Being Restored.
Water Reservoir.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot. Yuma, Arizona.
Water Reservoir.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot. Yuma, Arizona.
Corral House & Main Entrance Building.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot. Yuma, Arizona.
Corral House & Main Entrance Building.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot. Yuma, Arizona.
Army Escourt Wagon.
On Display In Storehouse.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot. Yuma, Arizona.
Mormon Battalion 1846 Replica Wagon.
On Display In Storehouse.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot. Yuma, Arizona.
1911 Stevens Duryea.
Model "Y" Touring Car.
On Display In Storehouse.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot. Yuma, Arizona.
1931 Ford Model A Pickup Truck
On Display In Storehouse.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot. Yuma, Arizona.

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