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Looking down stream towards the Needles Peak Mountains in the Topock Gorge.
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. 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.
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 was originally called Mellen, a railroad station and steamboat landing, at the site where the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad built the Red Rock 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 up stream at a poorly chosen site at Needles, California. The town was named for Captain John Alexander "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."  From 1903 to 1909 Mellen had its own post office.:113
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.
- Needles, California
- Lake Havasu City, Arizona
- Bullhead City, Arizona
- Yucca, Arizona
- Kingman, Arizona
- Colorado River
- Kaszynski, William (2003-05-01). Route 66: Images of America's Main Street. p. 13. ISBN 9780786415533.
- Frederic B. Wildfang, Lake Havasu City, Arcadia Publishing, 2005, pp.34-35
- US 66 Photo Gallery Needles and the Colorado River from gbcnet.com accessed 11/1/2114.
- John and Lillian Theobald, Arizona Territory Post Offices & Postmasters, The Arizona Historical Foundation, Phoenix, 1961.
- Construction of Red Rock Cantilever Bridge nearing completion in 1890. Below Needles. from hdl.huntington.org Huntington Digital Library, accessed June 30, 2015.
- Building of the Topock Bridge. The steamer is the "Gila." from hdl.huntington.org Huntington Digital Library, accessed June 30, 2015.
- Train crossing completed bridge at Red Rock Cantilever Bridge. from hdl.huntington.org Huntington Digital Library, accessed June 30, 2015.
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