Aubrey Landing, Arizona

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Aubrey Landing, Arizona
Ghost town
Aubrey Landing, Arizona is located in Arizona
Aubrey Landing, Arizona
Aubrey Landing, Arizona
Aubrey Landing, Arizona is located in USA
Aubrey Landing, Arizona
Aubrey Landing, Arizona
Location in the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 34°18′00″N 114°04′39″W / 34.30000°N 114.07750°W / 34.30000; -114.07750Coordinates: 34°18′00″N 114°04′39″W / 34.30000°N 114.07750°W / 34.30000; -114.07750
Country United States
State Arizona
County Mohave
Founded: circa 1860
Abandoned: circa 1886
Named for Francois Xavier Aubrey
Elevation[1] 646 ft (197 m)
Time zone MST (no DST) (UTC-7)
Post Office Opened: October 2, 1866
Post Office Closed: November 3, 1886

Aubrey Landing, Aubrey City or Aubrey is a ghost town at the mouth of the Bill Williams River in southern Mohave County, Arizona. The town was founded before 1865 and was abandoned sometime after 1886.[2] Aubrey Landing was inundated when Lake Havasu was formed.[1]

History[edit]

The site of Aubrey Landing was passed over by the 1854 expedition of Captain Whipple for the Railroad Survey near the 35th Parallel, and was the location of Camp #33 for the 1858 expedition of 1st Lieutenant Ives, to explore the Colorado River of West in the steamboat Explorer.[3]:Part 1, 20,58–59 [4]

Aubrey Landing was the first construction that became the town of Aubrey City sometime before 1865 during the Civil War in Arizona. The unknown founder named the river settlement after Francois Xavier Aubrey, a famous American pioneer from a decade earlier. The town was ideally located on the east bank of the Colorado River at its confluence with the Bill Williams River, on the north bank of the Bill Williams River. It served the mines of the Bill Williams Mining District. It was 12.5 miles from the Planet Company copper mines, 11.2 miles from the Mineral Hill mines and 9.6 miles from the Empire Flat mines.[5]

In 1865, a break in copper prices left the town almost deserted. However enough people stayed in Aubrey City and the nearby mines, prompting establishment of the Aubrey post office in 1866. Little had changed though by 1878, the town never grew to the size anticipated by the owners. The town consisted of the usual mining camp structures, as well as a hotel, saloon and a general store. The town supported a small population for almost ten years more. In 1886 the post office closed and the town soon after.[2]

The site today[edit]

The site of this old river landing and mining town is lost below Lake Havasu.

GNIS location of site in error[edit]

The Official GNIS location of 34°18′00″N 114°04′38″W / 34.30000°N 114.07722°W / 34.30000; -114.07722,[1] is obviously incorrect, not being located at the confluence of the Colorado and Bill Williams Rivers or even under Lake Havasu. Given the evidence of the 1866 Edward Fairman map and drawing it should be located at 34°18′15″N 114°08′17″W / 34.30417°N 114.13806°W / 34.30417; -114.13806 directly north of Parker Dam.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Aubrey Landing (historical)
  2. ^ a b Sherman, James E; Barbara H. Sherman (1969). Ghost Towns of Arizona. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 0-8061-0843-6. 
  3. ^ Joseph C. Ives, REPORT UPON THE COLORADO RIVER OF THE WEST, EXPLORED IN 1857 AND 1858 BY LIEUTENANT JOSEPH C. IVES, CORPS OF TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEERS, UNDER THE DIRECTION OP THE OFFICE OF EXPLORATIONS AND SURVEYS, A. A. HUMPHREYS, CAPTAIN TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEERS, IN CHARGE. BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR, GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE, WASHINGTON, 1861; PART I. GENERAL REPORT.
  4. ^ Geological Map No. 1. Prepared by J.S. Newberry, M.D. Geologist to the Expedition. Explorations and Surveys. War Department. Map No. 1. Rio Colorado of the West, explored by 1st Lieut. Joseph C. Ives, Topl. Engrs. under the direction of the Office of Explorations and Surveys. A.A. Humphreys, Capt. Topl. Engrs. in Charge, by order of the Hon. John B. Floyd, Secretary of War. 1858. Drawn by Frhr. F.W.v. Egloffstein. Topographer to the Expedition. Topography by Frhr. F.W.v. Egloffstein. Ruling by Samuel Sartain. Lettering by F. Courtenay. from davidrumsey.com, accessed June 12, 2015.
  5. ^ Map of confluence of Williams Fork and Colorado River, Arizona Terr[itor]y..., by Edward Fairman, artist. Date: 1866. From: Robert B. Honeyman, Jr. Collection of Early Californian and Western American Pictorial Material, UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library, accessed April 19/2015.
  6. ^ Aubrey City, Williams Fork, Arizona Territory, by Edward Fairman, artist Date: 1866. Drawing on paper: pen and ink 48.4 x 64.6 cm. Bancroft Library.

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