Arizona is my home and has always been my home, even though I now live in Laughlin, Nevada, just across the Colorado River. I was born in Oklahoma and came to visit family in Bullhead City, AZ. I was then so fortunate at the age of fourteen to be able to move to such a beautiful place. All of the mountains amazed me. It was so strange to look around and see them where ever I went. The river is always so refreshing to see as well. The sun is always shining so bright! This is a growing town and a great place to raise a family.
Residents and visitors of Bullhead City are in close proximity to the Grand Canyon National Park, the London Bridge, Hoover Dam, Davis Dam, the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, the Colorado River, and the Virgin River Canyon. Bullhead City is located in Mohave County, between Kingman, AZ and the Nevada state line along Highway 95 on the banks of the Colorado River near the California/Nevada/Arizona state lines. Bullhead City features the Colorado River, miles of natural hiking, thousands of acres of public lands, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona’s Veteran Memorial, and the Colorado River Museum.
The Colorado River is the primary river of the American Southwest, draining somewhere in the vicinity of 242,000 square miles of land, from the states of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California. The Green River is the primary tributary of the Colorado River, and until 1921, the Colorado River did not technically begin until the Grand and Green Rivers joined in Utah. In that year, the Grand River was renamed as the Colorado River, at the request of the State of Colorado. The locals here in Bullhead City, AZ love to be at the river whenever possible. It is a great place to enjoy with your family or friends having a cookout, fishing, and playing with your river toys.
In 1962, London Bridge was falling down. Built in 1831, the bridge couldn’t handle the ever-increasing flow of traffic across the Thames River. The British government decided to put the bridge up for sale, and Robert McCulloch, Founder of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Chairman of McCulloch Oil Corporation, submitted the winning bid of $2,460,000. The bridge was dismantled, and each stone was carefully marked. Everything was shipped 10,000 miles to Long Beach, California, and then trucked to Lake Havasu City. Reconstruction began on September 23, 1968, with a ceremony including the Lord Mayor of London, who laid the cornerstone. On October 10, 1971, the bridge was dedicated.
The Grand Canyon leaves all who experience it with a sense of magic. From its dramatic 5000 ft deep, 277 miles long, and up to18 miles wide gorge, to its diverse plateaus, towers and hills, the Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most stunning destinations. Rich with exceptional beauty, ancient geological history and modern universal amazement, the Grand Canyon attracts more than 5 million tourists each year. Just 247 miles north of Phoenix, Arizona, the Grand Canyon is frequently a destination for Arizona visitors. The number of things to do in the Grand Canyon is countless. Experience the beauty of the Grand Canyon for yourself. Take a trip down the Colorado River and see deep into the Grand Canyon’s gorge. Marvel at the layer upon layer of rock, piled like a stack of pancakes. Float down the river on a expertly guided tour and watch wildlife surrounded by tiers of limestone, sandstone, and shale excavated by the Colorado River and over half a billion years of wind, water and energy.
Rising more than 700 feet above the raging waters of the Colorado River, it was called one of the greatest engineering works in history. Hoover Dam is a testimony to a country’s ability to construct monolithic projects in the midst of adverse conditions. Hoover Dam, built during the Great Depression, drew men desperate for work to a remote and rugged canyon near Las Vegas, NV. There they struggled against brutal heat, choking dust and perilous heights to build a colossus of concrete that brought electricity and water to millions, transforming the American Southwest. It took less than five years, in a harsh and barren land, to build the largest dam of its time. Now, years later, Hoover Dam still stands as a world-renowned structure. The Dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders.
Arizona is a state of many beautiful and historical landmarks. There is nowhere else I would rather live or raise my children. We are proud to say we are from Arizona. There is never a dull moment. If you are feeling down, all you have to do is look up and see a mountain or take a dip in the river and you realize everything will be just fine. Arizona is my home.