Home Is Where We Park It: Rancho Rialto RV Resort, Yuma
January 15, 2020
Temperature 69 Degrees
Pivot Point Plaza
Yuma and the coming of the Railroad
Prison Hill Brewing Company
They were right on the money. We were told that the park would be full within a week. Ever so slowly they’ve been coming in. Most come from Canada. We, for instance, now have neighbors on either side of us. I guess we need to remember to keep the blinds closed at night!
A simple breakfast this morning. Just an English muffin with an egg. Add a glass of orange juice and a cup of coffee and we were ready to go.
We went to a number of places today but we’ll start with just one.
If you want a quick orientation to Yuma history, you’ll want to catch the ghost train, now arriving hourly at Pivot Point Interpretive Plaza. The outdoor exhibit area opened in 2010 where Madison Avenue meets the river – the exact site where the first railroad train entered Arizona in 1877. It’s hard to miss since a very real steam locomotive sits on the original track alignment.
The plaza preserves one of the few remaining artifacts of the original rail line, the concrete pivot on which the rail bridge turned to allow boats to pass.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. If there was one event that significantly changed the course of Yuma’s history and put it on the map it would be
But there was a problem that needed to be solved.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
How it worked.
.The arrow points to the pivot point – the concrete column in the earlier picture.
When you realize that everything to the left of the concrete pivot point used to be underwater, you begin to get an idea of just how much the Colorado River has shrunk today. It is just a trickle of the former raging river that it used to be.
We finally found our train!
Travelers needed to be provided for.
Build it and they will come.
Based on my time here to date, I don’t believe too many, if any, were ever given out.
Today, this is all that is left of the hotel.
Our day was not over yet.
We headed to historic Yuma in search of lunch.
A historic fountain in the middle of town.
A word of welcome.
More art work.
Our lunch stop.
This is a burger plus! Everything and I mean everything was absolutely delicious. A perfect place for a mid day stop. You’re right, this is definitely not on the diet.
After lunch we walked a block or two and to see what we could see.
Then we were on our way home.
We also made another stop today but that is for tomorrow.
Time now to call it a day on The Road of Retirement. A wonderful day of new discoveries. Yet another opportunity to feed my insatiable curiosity. Just my kind of day. Time now for a glass of wine and some down time. My knees need a rest from today.
Thanks for coming along with us. Hope you enjoyed it. We always enjoy sharing our day with you and hearing from you. Catch you tomorrow.
These are the voyages of Graybeard and it’s two intrepid travelers. Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before
See you on down the road!