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Around the Valley
By John Bradley, Blythe, ca
Areas of historical interest in and around the valley.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

La Paz and the Hualapai concentration camp

By John Bradley

The discovery of gold in 1861 sprouted forth the town of La Paz, the counties name sake. At its height the area boasted some 5000 individuals. This was all before Ehrenberg, Blythe or any other close by town. Over a million dollars in gold was pulled from the area and the town missed out by one vote to being named Arizona territories capital city. Eventually the gold began to run out and in 1870 the river changed course leaving the once river town now two miles away. In 1912 a record flood rendered the abandoned adobe buildings to piles of dirt that can still be seen today.

Also, in 1874 the area was used as a concentration camp for the Hualapai Indians. After many battles with the US Army the Hualapai were rounded up and made to walk from Kingman to La Paz where the Mountainous Indians suffered for a year in the harsh heat. A monument was placed here in their honor.

If your ever on your way East on the Parker-Poston Highway the site is approximately 3 miles past Ehrenburg on the north side of the road. Not much remains aside from a few old foundations and a few feet of rock structure. If you look just right you can see mounds where the old adobes stood.

Latitude: 33°40'37.29"N

Longitude: 114°28'47.79"W












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Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Article comment by: Karen Marin/Bradley

Your articles are a great way to give back to your community!

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