Fort Mohave, Arizona

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Fort Mohave, Arizona
View of Fort Mohave from Avi Resort & Casino
View of Fort Mohave from Avi Resort & Casino
Location in Mohave County, Arizona
Location in Mohave County, Arizona
Fort Mohave is located in Arizona
Fort Mohave
Fort Mohave
Location in the United States
Fort Mohave is located in the United States
Fort Mohave
Fort Mohave
Fort Mohave (the United States)
Coordinates: 35°0′41″N 114°35′52″W / 35.01139°N 114.59778°W / 35.01139; -114.59778Coordinates: 35°0′41″N 114°35′52″W / 35.01139°N 114.59778°W / 35.01139; -114.59778
StateArizona
CountyMohave
Founded1935
Named forFort Mohave
Area
 • Total16.70 sq mi (43.25 km2)
 • Land16.70 sq mi (43.25 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
545 ft (166 m)
Population
 • Total16,190
 • Density969.52/sq mi (374.34/km2)
Time zoneMST
ZIP codes
86426
Area code928
FIPS code04-24895
GNIS feature ID2628855

Fort Mohave is an unincorporated community and CDP in Mohave County, Arizona, United States. It is named for a nearby fort that was used during the Mohave War. As of the 2020 census, the population of Fort Mohave was 16,190,[2] up from 14,364 in 2010 and 8,919 in 2000. It is a suburb of Bullhead City. Its recent growth has made it the most populous unincorporated community in Mohave County.[3]

The largest single employer in Fort Mohave is Valley View Medical Center. In 2013, Fort Mohave became the home of a 200+ acre photovoltaic solar generating plant. The plant was built east of Vanderslice Road between Joy Lane and Lipan Boulevard.[4]

History[edit]

Mohave men and women and U.S. Army soldiers at Fort Mojave, circa 1868

The first known European to visit the area was Spanish explorer Melchor Díaz. He documented his travels in what is now northwestern Mohave County in 1540.[5] He recounts meeting a large population of natives who referred to themselves as the Pipa Aha Macav, meaning "People by the River".[6] From "Aha Macav" came the Spanish name "Mojave", which was later passed into English, where it is also spelled "Mohave". When most people refer to Fort Mohave, they use the spelling "Mohave", while the tribe retains the traditional Spanish spelling "Mojave".

During the Mohave War the fort was established as a base of U. S. Army military operations against the native Mohave people, who had been living in the area for centuries prior. In April 1861, during the early part of the American Civil War, the fort was abandoned, its garrison sent to secure Southern California from possible secession, and then sent to the east. It was subsequently garrisoned by Company B and Company I, 4th California Infantry Regiment, in May 1863. Company B remained for six months, but Company I remained until March 1865, when it was relieved by Company C, 7th California Infantry Regiment, until 1866 when Camp Mohave was again garrisoned by regular U.S. Army troops.[7] The U.S. Army remained until September 29, 1890, when the War Department turned it over to the Indian Service by order of President Benjamin Harrison. It was given up by the Indian Service in 1935 and is now part of the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation.

Geography[edit]

Camp Mohave

Fort Mohave is in western Mohave County along Arizona State Route 95. It is bordered to the north by Bullhead City, to the west by the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation, and to the south by unincorporated Mesquite Creek. AZ 95 leads north 10 miles (16 km) to the center of Bullhead City and south 12 miles (19 km) to Needles, California, across the Colorado River. Aztec Road leads west from the center of Fort Mohave across the Colorado into the southernmost corner of Nevada, 16 miles (26 km) south of Laughlin.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Fort Mohave CDP has an area of 16.7 square miles (43 km2), all of it recorded as land.[1]

Many neighborhoods in Fort Mohave are built on man-made lakes, golf courses, and mesas with majestic mountain views. The newest golf course, Los Lagos Golf Club, is a Ted Robinson, Sr. Signature Golf Course.[8]

It is home to the Mojave Crossing Event Center, the largest stadium within 90 miles (140 km), serving all Mohave County for large indoor events. It has a seating capacity of 3,000 stadium style and 5,000 arena style.[9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
20008,919
201014,36461.0%
202016,19012.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

Fort Mohave is geographically between, and economically connected to, Bullhead City and Mohave Valley.

Economy[edit]

Fort Mohave has three large grocery stores, Smith's Food and Drug, Safeway, and a recently completed Wal-Mart Supercenter. It also has a CVS Pharmacy and an ACE Hardware Store. Restaurants include Great Dragon Chinese Cuisine, Bonanza Cafe, Casa Serrano Mexican Food, an ice cream parlor, and a McDonald's, along with several other fast food franchises.

Residents of Fort Mohave do the majority of their shopping and dining in Bullhead City, which is considered the shopping hub of the tri-state area.

Education[edit]

Fort Mohave has two public elementary schools, Fort Mojave Elementary School and Camp Mohave Elementary School, both of which are a part of the Mohave Valley Elementary School District.[11] There is also a public charter school, Young Scholar's Academy,[12] All Beauty College, the Academy of Building Industries, and Desert Star.[13]

Infrastructure[edit]

Fort Mohave and Mesquite Creek, Arizona. Irrigated agriculture is the major contributor to the local economy.[14]

Health care[edit]

Fort Mohave is the location of the Valley View Medical Center, which opened in 2005. It is a 102,000-square-foot (9,500 m2) facility with state-of-the-art technology. The hospital features 38 medical/surgical beds, 10 rehabilitation beds, a six-bed labor and delivery unit, a six-bed intensive care unit, four major operating rooms and two procedure rooms. In 2010, Valley View announced a 1.2 million Emergency Room expansion.[15]

Emergency services[edit]

Fort Mohave is served by the Fort Mojave-Mesa Fire Department.[citation needed]

Transportation[edit]

Vegas Airporter provides service between Lake Havasu City, Fort Mohave, and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2021 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Arizona". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 23, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "P1. Race – Fort Mohave CDP, Arizona: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 23, 2022.
  3. ^ "86426 (Fort Mohave, AZ 86426) Profile: Maps, Real Estate, Jobs, Schools". Arizona.hometownlocator.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  4. ^ "Mohave Daily News article". Retrieved 2012-01-06.(registration required)
  5. ^ "New Mexico Office of the State Historian : Diaz, Melchior". Newmexicohistory.org. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  6. ^ "About Us | Fort Mojave Indian Tribe". Mojaveindiantribe.com. 2010-12-05. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  7. ^ Masich, Andrew Edward (2006). The Civil War in Arizona: The Story of the California Volunteers, 1861–1865. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-3747-6.
  8. ^ "Los Lagos Golf Club – Mojave Valley, Arizona". Loslagoslinks.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  9. ^ "Mojave Crossing Event Center". Mojavecrossing.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  11. ^ "Home". Mvesd16.org. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  12. ^ "Young Scholar's Academy". Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  13. ^ "Academy of Building Industries - A Public Vocational Charter High School". Aobihs.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  14. ^ Colorado River Agriculture, Fort Mojave Indian Reservation, NASA, 10/27/2017
  15. ^ "The New Standard of Care – Mohave Valley, Arizona". Valley View Medical Center. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  16. ^ "Pickup & Drop-off Locations – VegasAirporter.com". Retrieved 2021-02-06.