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Statistics & Facts


On the Colorado River just south of Parker Dam and just above Interstate 10 on the California border. Other nearby communities include Bluewater in both Arizona and California, Big River, CA and Parker Strip, Poston, Lake Havasu City, Bouse and Desert Hills, all in Arizona.

Here is a map page for Parker.
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in the Sonora desert with low desert mountains and the Colorado River area. The Gibralter, Whipple and Riverside Mountains surround the area.
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typical of the desert area. Here is a current weather page for Parker.
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History & History Related Items

This town began as a small post office opened on 6 January 1871, which developed into a large trade center for the local Indian communities. The area is part of the Colorado River Indian Tribe Reservation. The actual town was surveyed in 1909 by Earl H. Parker..The town was not name for the surveyor, but for General Eli Parker, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs when the reservation was formed in 1865. When the railroad came in 1905, the tracks were laid through the middle of town. The town was actually built to be a stopover for the trains with water, food and as a shipping station. Irrigation remained a problem, but as the years went by, various solutions came about helping Parker to increase its farming and agricultural pursuits. The Headgate Rock Dam, built in 1941, helped to guarantee the availability of water for Parker.

In 1928, Parker Dame was built. The dam created a large lake over 16 miles long that created an atmosphere to bring tourists, fisherman and boating to Parker. This dam and lake changed the area from mainly agricultural to a recreational area. More businesses opened to support the recreation that began to come.

Parker was incorporated as a town in 1948. La Paz County was created in 1982 and Parker was designated the county seat on 1 January 1983.

More historical information is available at this history page for Parker.
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The founding of Parker


The incorporation of Parker



Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Museum and Library
This museum offers relics, artifacts, information, history and more about all four tribal groups of the area, the Mohave, the CHemehuevi, the Navajo and the Hopi. A large display of Chemehuevi baskets along with Navajo silver jewelry, Hopi Kachina dolls and Mohave pottery are all seen at this diverse and interesting museum.
Phone: 928-669-9211

Parker Dam and Powerplant
This dam about 17 miles northeast of Parker is the deepest in the world. It is 320 feet and was built between 1934 and 1938 by the Bureau of Reclamation. There are scenic viewpoints on both sides of the Colorado River. Lake Havasu was formed due to the dam. The lake is 45 miles long and provides water for many areas of both Arizona and California. For more information, call 760-663-3712

Parker Historical Society Museum
1214 California Avenue
Parker, AZ
Phone: 928-669-8077
Many displays of both the mining days and Indian artifacts. Some photos and information are also available of the WWII Japanese internment camps and of the building of Parker Dam.

Try this photo gallery for Parker and the area..

BlueWater Resort and Casino, a gaming enterprise of the Colorado River Indian Tribes
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Parker City Government

Town of Parker

Parker Town Clerk
1314 W. 11th St.
Parker, Arizona 85344-5615
Phone: 928-669-9265
Fax: 928-669-5247

Parker Town Water Department
1314 W. 11th St.
Parker, Arizona 85344-5615
Phone: 928-669-9265

Parker Chamber

Parker Area Chamber of Commerce
1217 California Ave.
Parker, Arizona 85344
Phone: 928-669-2174

Parker Community News

Winter resident of Parker, Lew Rieth, has a homepage, about Parker and his summer home, Anchorage.

Parker Community Events

6,7,8 March 1998 - Balloon Fest '98
Parker Airport & Downtown
All Day
sponsoredby: Parker Lions Club and Baptist Hospitals

The Parker Lions Club and Baptist Hospitals are sponsoring "Balloon Fest '98" on March 6, 7, & 8, 1998. It will consist of hot air balloon events at the Parker Airport, the annual People's Parade in Downtown Parker (Saturday at noon), the annual Health Fair (Saturday at Wallace Dome), a barbecue, street dance, and many other activities. One of the highlights of the People's Parade will be the US Marine Corps Band from 29 Palms, California.
For more information contact Lions President Frank Savino at (928)669-9265 (w) or (928) 669-8061.

Parker Organizations

Parker Area Chamber of Commerce
1217 California Ave.
Parker, Arizona 85344
Phone: 928-669-2174

Parker Libraries

Parker Public Library
1001 S. Navajo Ave.
Parker, Arizona 85344
Phone: 928-669-2622
Fax: 928-669-8668

Parker Schools

Parker Unified School District
1608 Laguna Avenue
P.O. Box 1090
Parker, Arizona 85344
Phone: 928-669-9244
Fax: 928-669-2515

Parker High School
1600 S. Kofa Ave.
Parker, Arizona 85344-6403
Phone: 928-669-2202 Parker


The population of Parker was:
1914 - 90
1990 - 2,897
2000 - 3,140
2002 - 3,064 (estimate)

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