little history on quartzsire,az

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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.



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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