Historical Markers in
Mohave County, Arizona

9/11 Arizona Heroes Memorial 995 Miles of Wire A Brief History of Hackberry A Good Drink of Water A New National Monument A.T. & T. Building Anson Smith Arizona and Utah / Western Arizona Railway Arizona Hotel Arizona Medal of Honor Arizona Veterans Memorial At Home in the Desert Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Depot Big Sandy Valley Bonelli House Boulders to Building Blocks Boundaries and Fencing British – American Friendship Camp Beale Springs Arizona Cerbat Charles Metcalfe Park Chloride City Founders Commercial Steamship Transportation and Bullhead Community Park Cut Off By The Grand Canyon Dallas Quasula Sr. Desert Power & Water Co. Dr. Toler R. White House Durlin Hotel El Trovatore Motel Elks Lodge No. 468 Explore Lake Mead Gold Mining Ghost Town, Oatman, Arizona Gold Road Mine Guano Point Gymnasium Ha' Qa' Muwe: Hardyville Pioneer Cemetery Hardyville Site Historic John Osterman Gas Station Historic Peach Springs Trading Post Hotel Brunswick How Can 10 Million Gallons of Water a Year Suddenly Appear in a Stony Desert? In Memory of All Vietnam Veterans James A. Wheeler Park and Freedom Fountain Jonathan Heaton Kingman Veteran's Memorial Kwi'-uv Lewis Kingman Park Little Red Schoolhouse Locomotive Park London Bridge Lt. Edward Fitzgerald Beale Metcalf Baker - Andrew Judson Mineral Park Moamop' Moccasin Mohave Center Plaza of Valor Mohave County Courthouse Mohave County Jail Oatman Oatman Arizona and its Burros Oatman Drug and Health Club Oatman, Arizona Old Fort Mohave Olive Ann Oatman Fairchild Oos'eev Pipe Spring National Monument Pipe Springs National Monument Plateau Country Trees Powell’s Surveyors at Pipe Spring Remnants of a Frozen Sahara Robert P. McCulloch, Sr. Ross H. Blakely House S.T. Elliot House Santa Fe Locomotive No. 3759 Separation Canyon "Site #6" Skoomp St. John's United Methodist Church St. Mary's Catholic Church Stephen Tyng Mather Suh-uhv' Taming the Colorado The Old Spanish Trail The Powerhouse, Kingman, Arizona Tup' U. S. Post Office United States Army Wagon Route When the Good Grass Goes White Hills William G. Blakely Home World War I Memorial Yoowuv'
The world's largest solar telescope is located in Arizona: The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, located on the summit of Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii, is the largest solar telescope in the world. However, the next largest solar telescope, the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope, is located at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona.
Mohave County, located in northwest Arizona, has a rich and diverse history dating back thousands of years. The region was originally inhabited by various indigenous tribes, including the Mohave, Hualapai, and Paiute. These tribes thrived along the Colorado River, relying on hunting, fishing, and gathering.

The first recorded European contact in the area occurred in the 16th century, when Spanish explorers journeyed through the Colorado River. However, it wasn't until the mid-19th century that the region witnessed significant settlement. Mining became a crucial industry during this period, with the discovery of gold and silver deposits in places such as Cerbat and Chloride. These mining towns attracted a diverse population, including prospectors, miners, and entrepreneurs.

In 1864, Mohave County was established, named after the Mohave people who inhabited the area. The county's strategic position along the Colorado River made it an important transportation and trade hub. Steamboats became a common sight, ferrying goods and people along the river. The completion of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad in 1883 further boosted the county's growth and development, facilitating the movement of resources and people.

In the 20th century, Mohave County continued to thrive, experiencing population growth and economic diversification. The construction of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s brought enormous changes to the region, creating Lake Mead and generating electricity. The dam not only provided employment opportunities but also attracted tourists to the area. Today, Mohave County is known for its stunning natural landscapes, including the Grand Canyon, Lake Havasu, and portions of the Mojave Desert. The county is an increasingly popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, retirees, and those seeking a peaceful desert lifestyle.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Mohave County, Arizona.

  • 1864 - Mohave County is established as one of the original four counties of the Arizona Territory.
  • 1867 - The county seat is established in Hardyville (now a ghost town).
  • 1887 - The county seat is moved to Kingman, which later becomes the largest city in Mohave County.
  • 1911 - The famous Oatman gold rush occurs, attracting many prospectors to the area.
  • 1938 - Hoover Dam is completed on the Colorado River, bringing economic growth to Mohave County.
  • 1947 - Bullhead City is founded, becoming a major city in the county over the years.
  • 1963 - Lake Mead National Recreation Area is established, encompassing parts of Mohave County.
  • 2000 - The population of Mohave County reaches over 140,000 people.
  • 2009 - The Historic Route 66 Museum is opened in Kingman, showcasing the county's connection to the famous highway.