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Arizona Bay
07-03-2016, 05:58 PM
Once upon a time, before they sold all the water, you could take a steamboat from the Gulf of California, all the way up to what is now Las Vegas.

Yuma Landing 1877
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Arizona Bay
07-03-2016, 06:13 PM
Steam Ferry Parker, Az 1920's (near Lake Havasu City, where London Bridge now lives)

https://sharlot.org/img/wm_images/t169pb.jpg

CWSmith
07-03-2016, 06:13 PM
Amazing and very cool!

Dumah
07-03-2016, 08:24 PM
Why so much windage ? Makes no sense to me (I know North Atlantic west ) No wind on the river? :D

Dumah

seanz
07-03-2016, 09:46 PM
Why so much windage ? Makes no sense to me (I know North Atlantic west ) No wind on the river? :D

Dumah

You can't go down, but you can go up.

And yes, wind can be a problem on rivers.

beernd
07-05-2016, 02:49 PM
Great stuff!!

Arizona Bay
07-05-2016, 06:27 PM
Two stacker

Mohave II - 1876
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/55/Mohave_No._2_at_Yuma_1876.jpg/550px-Mohave_No._2_at_Yuma_1876.jpg

Later on after the railroads spanned the river

Swing bridge at Fort Yuma

https://arizona100.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/yuma_swing-span_ca1893.jpg?w=640&h=372

Arizona Bay
07-05-2016, 06:34 PM
I had been wondering how they got materials for the mines and the copper and gold out of here before the rail roads. We're a long way from anywhere, up in the high hot desert. Looks like it was steamboats and mules.

The link has a description of the steam route. It spans nearly 600 miles from the mouth of the Colorado. In some places they had to haul the ship up the rapids by cable .

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steamboats_of_the_Colorado_River