The Gila: River of History

Yuma County Library District - Wellton Library 28790 San Jose Ave., Yuma, AZ, United States

Six hundred miles long from its source in the mountains of southwestern New Mexico to its confluence with the Colorado River above Yuma, the Gila has been an important avenue for the movement of birds, animals, plants, and peoples across the desert for millennia. Many cultures have sprung up on its banks, and millions of […]

Along the California Trail – Wellton

Yuma County Library District - Wellton Library 28790 San Jose Ave., Yuma, AZ, United States

An ancient set of Indian paths and the natural flow of the Gila River created a major artery for travel through pioneer Arizona. The Gila provided a route for the earliest traders, including Toltecs of Mexico, who traded with the Anasazi and Hohokam. The intrepid Padre Francisco Garces, performed missionary work during six excursions along […]

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Sheep Ranchers and Herders of Arizona – Yuma

Yuma County Library District - Wellton Library 28790 San Jose Ave., Yuma, AZ, United States

Sheep ranching has been greatly overlooked in the history of Arizona. While it never will compete with the five ā€œCā€™sā€, it added a great deal to the economic diversity in the state. Many different ethnic groups settled here and raised sheep for a living weathering the economic downturns as well as the prosperous years. They […]

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