Photographer's Note

Spanish explorer Melchor Díaz documented his travels in Northwestern Mohave County in 1540. This is the area of Bullhead City. In 1776, Father Garces crossed the Colorado River in the Bullhead City area.
In the 1800s, this site was called Hardyville, named for early resident and politician, William Hardy. From 1852 to 1909, steamboats made regular trips up the Colorado River, passing Hardyville regularly. These stern-wheeler riverboats played an important part in the early development of the areas bordering the Colorado River.
Although the 1800s saw a population boom in Hardyville as mining became more profitable, the beginning of the 20th Century saw mining activities move away from the Colorado River and a railroad was constructed that bypassed Hardyville. It became a ghost town. Decades later, Hardyville would be resurrected as Bullhead City with the construction of Davis Dam between 1942 and 1953. As the nearby Lake Mohave developed into a major tourism destination, and as the casino and resort town of Laughlin, Nevada, sprouted up across the river, Bullhead City grew rapidly.
Today, tourism is by far the main economy here. In the summer months, tourists from all over come for water recreation on Lake Mohave and the Colorado River. Starting in the fall, tourist from colder states flock by the thousands in their motor homes because of the mild winters. More than five million people travel through Bullhead City annually to enjoy the wonderful weather and great community atmosphere.

This appears to be rather desolate and it probably was pure desert at one time, but today it is a very busy place in Arizona across the Colorado river from Laughlin, Nevada. This particular shot was of a suburb with a great background which I took from the Nevada side of the river.

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