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Southern Arizona Travel Guide

Yuma

Today many people think of Yuma as a convenient stop for gas and a meal between Phoenix or Tucson and San Diego. While this is surely true, the town boasts some historic sites and agricultural tours (Yuma is the lettuce capital of the U.S.) that may prompt you to pause here a bit longer.

It’s difficult to imagine the lower Colorado River, now dammed and bridged, as either a

barrier or a means of transportation, but until the early part of the 20th century this section of the great waterway was a force to contend with. Records show that since at least 1540 the Spanish were using Yuma (then the site of a Quechan Indian village) as a ford across a relatively shallow stretch of the Colorado.

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