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Quartzsite is west of Phoenix at the junction of Interstate 10 and US 95, near the Colorado River.  The community has a Sonoran

 

Desert setting.  The nearby Kofa, New Water and Plomosa Mountains provide topographic relief while the Colorado River lies only

 

17 miles to the west.  Quartzsite was established in 1867 on the site of old Fort Tyson, a privately built structure constructed in 1856

 

by Charles Tyson for protection against Indian raids. Named Quartzsite because quartz was occasionally found in the area, the

 

name evolved to Quartzsite through an error in spelling. The Town is currently is 130 sq.

miles.

 

Basic Information

 

Founded:    1867

 

Incorporated: 1989

 

Elevation: 870

 

Located in La Paz County

 

Nearby Highways: Hwy I-10, US 95, SR95

 

Tourism is the major contributor to Quartzsite's economy.  The retail trade and services sectors benefit from the visitors who reside at the numerous (ore than 70) mobile home parks in the vicinity between October and March.  Nine major gem, mineral, and 15 general swap-meeting shows are popular tourist attractions, attracting approximately 1.5 million people annually

 

A rock hunter's paradise surrounds Quartzsite with agates, limonite cubes, gold and quartz being just a few.  In town, the Hi Jolly Monument honors the Greek & Syrian camel driver Hadji Ali, who took part in an unsuccessful 1850's U.S. War Department attempt to use camels as beasts of burden in the desert. To the south rise the Kofa Mountains. Historic and scenic areas include the Spanish Wall, Crystal Hill, Tyson Tanks, and Tyson Wells Museum.  South in the Kofa Mountains is Palm Canyon, a tight gorge and home of Arizona's only native palms, reached by a steep but rewarding climb.  Farther south is Castle Dome peak.  There are many points of interest including historical sites, day trips and many off road ATV trails.

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