Posted by: ramblinmanjimj | January 11, 2009

Just before sunrise at the Colorado River

Mary and I went down to the area known as the Yuma Crossing early this morning. In the photos below you can see what remains of the once mighty Colorado River. This spot is rich in history especially around 1850 when prospectors were headed to California to participate in the gold rush.

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Full moon reflecting on the Colorado River

In this photo (looking West) of the full moon reflecting on the river is the actual location of the of where they crossed as it was the narrowest location for 1,200 miles. Back in those days, the river was 1/4 mile across. Thanks to mankind daming the river in many locations upstream the width today is about 250 feet. The structure on the upper right is the underside of a bridge of Interstate Highway 8. California is on the right and Arizona is on the left.

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The Ocean to Ocean Highway Bridge

In this photo (looking East) you can see the Ocean to Ocean Highway Bridge. It was completed in 1915 and completed the road from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans. California is on the left and Arizona is on the right. Directly beyond the bridge and to the right is the location and remains of the famous Yuma Territorial Prison which we will visit in the near future.

All material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2008
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