Topock, Arizona

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Topock, Arizona
unincorporated community
Looking down stream towards the Needles Peak Mountains in the Topock Gorge.
Looking down stream towards the Needles Peak Mountains in the Topock Gorge.
Topock, Arizona is located in USA
Topock, Arizona
Topock, Arizona
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 34°43′6″N 114°29′14″W / 34.71833°N 114.48722°W / 34.71833; -114.48722Coordinates: 34°43′6″N 114°29′14″W / 34.71833°N 114.48722°W / 34.71833; -114.48722
State Arizona
County Mohave
Population 1,790
Time zone MST
ZIP codes 86436
Area code(s) 928

Topock (Mojave: Tuupak) is a small unincorporated community in Mohave County, Arizona. Topock has a ZIP Code of 86436; in 2000, the population of the 86436 ZCTA was 1,790.[1]

It lies between Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City and southeast of Needles, California, on the California–Arizona border.

Topock is known for being a boating town as well as being home to the Old Trails Arch Bridge which used to be the old Route 66 bridge featured in the film The Grapes of Wrath.[2] The crossings of the Colorado River at Topock, including the Old Trails Arch Bridge, are also featured prominently in the opening credits of the movie Easy Rider.[3]

Topock Marina located just off I-40 on Historic Route 66. Situated on the Colorado River between Needles and Lake Havasu City, the Marina is the traditional refueling point for boaters traveling between these two cities.

Topock is the site of one of PG&E's recompression stations on its super-rich natural gas pipeline from Texas to San Francisco completed in 1930.


Topock was originally called Mellen, a railroad station and steamboat landing, at the site where the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad built the Red Rock Bridge, a steel cantilever bridge across the Colorado River in May 1890 after three of its earlier less well built bridges had been washed away by the river upstream at a poorly chosen site at Eastbridge, southeast of Needles, California. The town was named for Captain "Jack" Mellon, a 40 year veteran Colorado River steamboat captain and an owner of the Colorado Steam Navigation Company, though it was misspelled as "Mellen." [4][5] From 1903 to 1909 Mellen had its own post office.[6]:113

Topock Marsh[edit]

The Topock Marsh is one of the larger birding sites found in the Lower Colorado River Valley, between Hoover Dam and the Colorado River Delta. On the eastern side of the site is Five Mile Landing, and at the southern end along the Colorado can be found Catfish Paradise.

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Kaszynski, William (2003-05-01). Route 66: Images of America's Main Street. p. 13. ISBN 9780786415533. 
  4. ^ Frederic B. Wildfang, Lake Havasu City, Arcadia Publishing, 2005, pp.34-35
  5. ^ US 66 Photo Gallery Needles and the Colorado River from accessed 11/1/2114.
  6. ^ John and Lillian Theobald, Arizona Territory Post Offices & Postmasters, The Arizona Historical Foundation, Phoenix, 1961.

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