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Mohave County, Arizona

Arizona State



MOHAVE COUNTY Mohave County, at the time of its creation by Arizona's first Territorial Assembly in 1864, actually included portions of present day Nevada. In 1865, the northern portion of Mohave County was split off as Pah-Ute County. And in 1867, parts of both counties including the present site of Las Vegas were attached to Nevada, which had become a state in 1864. The much reduced Pah-Ute County was merged with Mohave County in 1871. Today, most of the historic sites of Arizona's Lost County are covered by the waters of Lake Mead.

The area that is now Mohave County began to attract settlers shortly after it was brought into the United States by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. The 1860s saw an influx of miners after gold was discovered, and Mormons who were sent south from Utah by their church.

Mohave County is geographically the second largest in the state. Most of it is classified as desert, but of its 13,470 square miles, 158 square miles are water. The county boasts 1,000 miles of shoreline and is a great water sports center. It also has the longest stretch of historic Route 66. The Colorado River and two man-made lakes, Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu, play an important role in the growth of Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City.

Kingman, the county seat, was not founded until the 1880s with the coming of the railroad. Before being moved to Kingman in 1887, the county seat had been located in the communities of Mohave City, Hardyville, Cerbat, and Mineral Park none of which exist today. Although these communities did not survive, the forces that led to their establishment mining, the Colorado River, and the railroad are still important to the county s economy. Part of Mohave County and all of Colorado City are designated Enterprise Zones.

The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land management own 61 percent of the land; Indian reservations, 6 percent; the state of Arizona, 7 percent; individual or corporate, 18 percent; and other public lands, 8 percent.

Source: Arizona-A Review of its Resources Published 1891.
MOHAVE County dates its existence as a county, from 1864, being one of the first political divisions of the Territory. It is bounded on the West by the Colorado River, on the North by Nevada and Utah, on the East by Yavapai, and on the South by Yuma. It is 12,000 square miles in area. It is traversed by four mountain ranges, running north and south, abounding in minerals, and, in some cases, heavily timbered. Between these mountains lie broad and verdant valleys, where abundant pasturage of the richest kind is grown.

The development of Mohave County was, for many years, of the slowest, chiefly owing to the lack of means of expeditious--and, therefore, economical--transportation. Notwithstanding the wealth of rich ore that was found in the mountains of the county, it could not be forwarded to points where its value could be realized, except along the tedious, and not always reliable, route of the Colorado River. Now, all that is changed by the advent of the railroad, and the untold treasures hid in the bosoms of all the mountains of Mohave, south of the Colorado River, can be conveyed rapidly, and at remunerative freight rates, to the smelters and the markets of the continent. Artesian water has also been found in abundance, and this argues an indefinitely large increase in the number of stock ranges in the county. There is undoubtedly a future, full of great possibilities, ahead of Mohave.

Mineral Park, the county seat, is 130 miles northwest of Prescott, and is the entrepot for supplies for a great many neighboring mines and cattle ranges. It is climbing towards the thousand notch in population.

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Cities and towns
Bullhead City
Colorado City * Kingman * Lake Havasu City

Ghost towns
Mineral Park

Unincorporated areas
Arizona Village  * Beaver Dam  * Desert Hills  * Dolan Springs  * Go lden Valley  * Kaibab  * Littlefield  * Mesquite Creek  *
Mohave Valley  * Mojave Ranch Estates  * New Kingman-Butler * Peach Springs * Willow Valley * Oatman

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