Beaver Dam, Arizona
|Beaver Dam, Arizona|
Location in Mohave County and the state of Arizona
|Founded by||Henry W. Miller|
Beaver Dam is an unincorporated community in Mohave County located in the extreme northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Arizona, settled in 1863. It is located along Interstate 15 approximately 10 miles northeast of Mesquite, Nevada. Beaver Dam is located in the 86432 zip code, which had a population of 1,053 as of the 2000 census.
The site of Beaver Dam was located along the pack horse route of the Old Spanish Trail from 1828 and the later wagon route of the Mormon Road between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles from 1847. Beaver Dam Creek and subsequently the town was named for a beaver dam that occupied and held back the waters on the wash when the first Mormon party under Jefferson Hunt established the wagon road through the area in 1847.
The Mormon Road was used by Forty-niners in 1849 and Mormon colonists and other travelers from then on. Both routes passed southward from the Beaver Dam Mountains, to the Virgin River along Beaver Dam Wash to where it met the river. From 1855, the road was a major wagon freighting road until the railroad arrived in Nevada in 1905. Beaver Dam was first settled by Mormon colonists in 1863.
In popular culture
Beaver Dam has been featured as a filming location for a few movies and television shows.
- Scenes from the 1988 movie On Our Own were filmed at the Beaver Dam Station in downtown.
- Scenes from the 2002 movie Crazy Horse were also filmed at the Beaver Dam Station.
- Scenes from the 1996 movie Navajo Blues were filmed around the Beaver Dam area.
- Unsolved Mysteries filmed a segment of their program in 1995 at the Beaver Dam Lodge.
- Local news stations from Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and national news stations The Weather Channel and CNN have filed reports from Beaver Dam. Most of the reports were about the Beaver Dam Wash flooding and destroying homes and properties, but there has also been police chases, shootings and a fugitive man hunt making national headlines.
Contemporary Beaver Dam
Beaver Dam is home to the three schools that make up the Littlefield Unified School District, the geographically largest school district in Arizona; Beaver Dam Elementary, Beaver Dam Middle School and Beaver Dam High School. Beaver Dam and neighboring Littlefield have the distinction of being the only towns in Arizona along I-15. Owing to its location northwest of Grand Canyon National Park and west of the Virgin River, Beaver Dam is essentially isolated from the rest of the state. Travel to other towns within Arizona requires crossing through either Nevada or Utah, or by traversing unpaved roads to Arizona State Route 389 (which is paved) — and even at that, is connected only to the rest of the "Arizona Strip" (that part of Arizona separated from the rest of the state by the Grand Canyon), not to Arizona at large.
The Virgin River Gorge is located just to the east of Beaver Dam.
The Post Office is located in Beaver Dam on McKnight Boulevard. Fire Station No. 2 is located in Beaver Dam (No. 1 is located in Desert Springs). Beaver Dam has a large population of "snowbirds" (retirees from colder latitudes seeking temperate winter temperatures) during the winter months.
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