An Early History of Yuma, AZ

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The priest abuse attorneys in Yuma presents to you this article about the City of Yuma. Learn about its early history and discover some of its recreation and historical parks.

History of Yuma

Yuma is a city in the southwest corner of Arizona. The county seat of Yuma County, it is also the principal city of the Yuma, Arizona, Metropolitan Statistical Area. The area that is current day Yuma was once home to Native American tribes whose descendants are now residing in the Cocopah and Quechan reservations. In 1540, when Hernando de Alarcón and Melchior Díaz led Spanish colonial expeditions in the area, they realized the natural crossing of the Colorado River was the perfect place to establish a city.

When Fort Yuma was built in 1851 in California, two towns developed within its proximity – Jaeger City in California and Colorado City in Arizona. In 1853, a small settlement called Arizona City was established on the high ground situated across from the fort. The town consisted of two stores, two saloons, and adobe dwellings. When Jaeger City and Colorado City were destroyed in the Great Flood of 1862, Colorado City was rebuilt and became part of Arizona City. In 1873, it was named Yuma.

When Arizona became its own territory, Yuma was chosen as the county seat of Yuma County. In the late 1870s, the Yuma Crossing was the gateway to California because it was one of the only natural spots that enable travelers to cross the wide Colorado River. Its ferry crossing for the Southern Emigrant Trail was a major help during and after the California Gold Rush. In 1914, it was incorporated as a city. As of the 2010 census, the city has a population of 93,064 people. It has a total area of 106.7 square miles.

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Desert Sun Stadium

Desert Sun Stadium is a soccer stadium in the City of Yuma. Built in 1970, it was originally a baseball stadium. From 1970 to 1993, it was the spring training home for the San Diego Padres. The stadium has also been the home of the Arizona Winter League, the Arizona Summer League, the North American League's Yuma Scorpions minor baseball team, and the Yakult Swallows – a Japanese baseball team – from 1995 to 2015. Now serving as the main field of the Ray Kroc Baseball Complex, it is located on West Desert Run Drive.

Yuma International Airport

Yuma International Airport is a joint-use airport that includes civilian and military flight activity. Used mostly for military aviation, it is operating in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps through the Marin Corps Air Station Yuma. Consisted of an area of 3,100 acres, it features four runways and is served by the commercial American Airlines and an aeromedical Medevac company.

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park is a state historic park that was once a prison in Yuma. Opened on July 1, 1876, it was later shut down in 1909. The maze of stone-walled cells is now operated by the Arizona State Parks as a historical museum. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) as one of the Yuma Crossing and Associated Sites within the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area. The museum is open Thursdays through Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Park entrance fee is $8 for adults 14 and up, $4 for youth 7 to 13, and free for children 0 to 6.

Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park

The Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park is situated on the property of the former Yuma Quartermaster Depot. Established in 1864 by the U.S. Army, the depot was used to store and distribute supplies to army posts in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada and Utah. Opened as a unit of the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, it is managed and operated by the nonprofit organization Yuma Crossing Foundation. The living history museum is home to five original buildings, four historic exhibits and the Southern Pacific Railroad Passenger Coach Car-S.P. X7. It has also been added to the NRHP like the prison park.

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