In 1900, a Mexican prospector named Jose Jerez, who was grubstaked by friend Henry Lovin, of Kingman, in the amount of 16 dollars, was out searching for his lost burros when he stumbled over a chunk of quartz that glistened brightly in the midday sun.  Upon examining the rock, Jose knew it contained some gold.  Much to his amazement it assayed out to 40 ounces to the ton!  He contacted Lovin with the good news and they both set out to start digging. 
In a few months, they had managed to dig a 15-foot deep shaft on the rich vein.  Their activity attracted the attention of a group from Los Angeles, who eventually purchased the claim from the two miners for $50,000.  This group then sold it to another group of investors for $275,000. 

The new group immediately raised a half million dollars, incorporated under the laws of the Arizona Territory, and hired 180 workers and the mine was off and running. 

By the end of 1907, the Gold Road Mine property had reportedly milled $2,250,000.00 worth of yellow metal.  Most of the 140,625 ounces was produced in 1905 and 1906. 

When the mine was again in full production in 1996, 97 & 98, it was running 500 tons of ore a day, producing 40,000 ounces of gold a year.  The operation employed 135 miners at its peak. 

Gold Mines Oatman Arizona


Oatman Arizona Tours
Grand Canyon Caverns
Lake Havasu London Bridge
Hoover Dam
In 1962, London Bridge was falling down. Built in 1831, the bridge couldn't handle the ever-increasing flow of traffic across the Thames River. The British government decided to put the bridge up for sale, and Robert McCulloch, Founder of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Chairman of McCulloch Oil Corporation, submitted the winning bid of $2,460,000. 

The bridge was dismantled, and each stone was numbered. Everything was shipped 10,000 miles to Long Beach, California, and then trucked to Lake Havasu City. Reconstruction began on September 23, 1968, with a ceremony including the Lord Mayor of London, who laid the cornerstone. On October 10, 1971, the bridge was dedicated.

Grand Canyon West Rim & Skywalk Tour
The story of the Grand Canyon Caverns' formation starts 345 million years ago, at the bottom of an ancient sea. This was during the Mississippian Period of geologic time. The entire Southwestern U.S. was covered by ocean. As tiny sea animals lived and died, their shells and skeletons fell to the ocean floor creating a fine, oozy mud, very rich in lime deposits. This mud eventually became the limestone bedrock which is the base rock of the Caverns. Later on, forces deep within the earth, such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, cause the ocean floor to rise several thousands of feet, becoming the mountaintops of today. The Caverns' elevation is now more than 5,000 feet above sea level. These upheavals split the earth's crust. Rainwater started entering these cracks and seeping into the limestone. This was the very beginning of the Grand Canyon Caverns.


History  A Natural Wonder in the Making 
Named after a woman who was captured and later released by the Mohave Indians, Oatman is still alive today. Strike after strike kept Oatman alive, the biggest seems to be the 1915 strike of $14 million. The town had its own paper, the Oatman Miner. The population of Oatman went from a few hundred to over 3500 within a year which lead to long waits at the restaurants. In 1921, a fire burned much of Oatman, but the town was rebuilt. Mining was somewhat sporadic through the next forty years, and Oatman still survives today. - GT.
The role played by Herbert Hoover in getting the Hoover Dam Built
Because of his long and deep involvement in the project, from his days as Secretary of Commerce to his tenure as the 31st president, no other person is more responsible for the successful completion of Hoover Dam than Herbert Hoover. 
... political animosities had to be resolved ....
Politically, there were an incredible number of obstacles for Hoover to overcome. Before work on the Hoover Dam could start, he first had to help settle a 25 year water allocation controversy between the representatives of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. On November 24, 1922, these states signed the Colorado River Compact, settling this old conflict. The Boulder Canyon Project Act, which authorized the construction of Hoover Dam, was enacted on December 21, 1928.

As President, Herbert Hoover continued his involvement settling some of the engineering problems, water and power allocation rights and even securing the revenue contracts required by congress. Victimized by the circumstances of his times and his own actions Hoover left the presidency as a less than popular figure. However, no one can deny that Herbert Hoovers' greatest achievement was the engineering, organizational and political skills that he showed, to bring about the construction of Hoover Dam.

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a tourist attraction along the Colorado River on the edge of the Grand Canyon (Grand Canyon West) in the U.S. state of Arizona.

The horseshoe-shaped glass walkway, at a 1,200-meter (4,000 ft) height above the floor of the canyon exceeds those of the world's largest skyscrapers. The Skywalk is not directly above the main canyon, Granite Gorge, which contains the Colorado River. Instead it extends over a side canyon and affords a view into the main canyon.USGS topographic maps show the elevation at the Skywalk's location as 1,454 m (4,770 ft) and the elevation of the Colorado River in the base of the canyon as 354 m (1,161 ft).

Commissioned and owned by the Hualapai Indian tribe, it was unveiled March 20, 2007, and opened to the general public on March 28, 2007. It is accessed via the Grand Canyon West Airport terminal or a 120 miles (190 km) drive from Las Vegas, which includes an unpaved and bumpy 18 miles  (29 km) stretch.

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