A Deep Dive Into the History of Bullhead City, AZ

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The work abuse lawyers from Bullhead City presents to you this article on the history of the city. Our legal team hopes you enjoy learning about Bullhead City as much as we have.

History of Bullhead City

Bullhead City is a city of Mohave County, Arizona. Located on the southern border of Lake Mohave and the Colorado River, it sits directly across the river from Laughlin, Nevada. The employment for the city is mostly provided by the casinos and ancillary services of Laughlin.

The earliest inhabitants of the area were the Mojave people. According to their legend, life began on the highest peak that could be seen from the Bullhead City area, the Spirit Mountain. In 1540, Spanish explorer Melchor Díaz traveled the Northwestern Mohave County. This was the first documented account of European contact.

In March of 1864, Hardyville was established at present-day Bullhead City. The settlement was named after early resident, politician and entrepreneur, William Harrison Hardy, who created a ferry service and steamboat landing at the crossing of Mojave Road with the Colorado River, with the support of George Alonzo Johnson's steamboat company. Hardy raised Angora goats and built and owned the Hardyville-Prescott Road, a toll road going from Hardyville to Prescott. He was also the following:

  • The first postmaster of the town
  • Inventor of the riveted mails ack
  • A Mohave County supervisor
  • A member of the Arizona Territorial Legislature
  • The second-richest man in Arizona in 1864

Between 1864 and 1883, Hardyville was the beginning point of wagon roads and pack trails to the mines and settlements located in the upper region of the river. It also acted as a port for flatboats that ascended the river in the extremely low water time of the year. From 1867 to 1873, it was the county seat of Mohave County. During the 1870s, the mining boom in the area brought growth and prosperity to Hardyville. The small town grew with the construction of a saloon, general store, billiard hall, blacksmith shop and public hall. In the early 1880s, mining trades were closed down and moved away from Hardyville. By the 1890s, it was a ghost town.

From 1942 to 1953, Davis Dam was constructed in the area. Hardyville resurfaced as Bullhead City. Originally named Bullhead Dam for the "Bull's Head Rock" formation that acts as a navigation point for steamboats on the Colorado River. The community that sprang up during the construction was Bullhead City. In 1984, the small communities of Holiday Shores, Rivieria and Bullhead City were incorporated as Bullhead City.

Today, the city is a popular tourist designation. During the summer seasons, visitors would come for the water recreation on the Colorado River and Lake Mohave. During the fall and winter seasons, visitors from colder states would come in their motor homes for the mild winters. As of 2010, the city has a population of 39,540 people.

Hardyville Cemetery

Hardyville Cemetery is a 2.5-acre historic cemetery in Bullhead City. Also known as Hardyville Pioneer Cemetery, it is the most significant remnant of the former Hardyville town. The historic landmarks consist of 17 graves. On August 30, 2001, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Bullhead City Community Park

Bullhead City Community Park is a 376-acre lakefront park along the Colorado River. Offering a recreational space for visitors and residents, it features amenities such as:

  • One baseball field
  • Beach access at the Buoyed Swim Beach
  • Three lanes for boat launching
  • Wipe down area
  • Fish cleaning station
  • The Colorado River Museum
  • The Little Red Schoolhouse
  • Historic Heardframe, Moss Mine
  • Facilities rentals
  • Ramada rentals
  • Bravo's Last Stop Shop
  • Dog Park
  • Playground

The park is open to the public every day from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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