Colorado River Historical Society
The Colorado River Museum is part of the Colorado River Historical Society, Inc. It is located at 1239 Highway 95, Bullhead City Community Park, Bullhead City, Arizona. The museum offers a wide variety of historic photographs, documents, memorabilia, and artifacts.
Operated entirely by volunteers, the museum is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. We are open on Saturday if there are events in the park or other Saturdays, depending on the availability of volunteers. For special tours and research, please contact the museum by calling 928-754-3399 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours may change during the summer months. Bullhead City was named after Bull’s Head Rock (now under the waters of Lake Mohave) when it was originally established in the mid-1940s, although it was not incorporated as a city until 1984. The original residents were workers on Davis Dam and their families, along with merchants and others who provided needed goods and services for them. The dam was completed in 1951. The dam’s purpose is to re-regulate releases from Hoover Dam and facilitate the delivery of Colorado River water downstream.
- The Colorado River Historical Society, Inc., is an IRC 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It was incorporated in the state of Arizona on December 12, 1988, as the Colorado River Pioneer’s Historical Society, Inc. We have operated a museum since 1991, originally in the former Catholic Church at Davis Camp. We officially opened in our present location in Bullhead City Community Park on December 8, 2018.
- Our financial support is provided by membership fees; fundraising, including proceeds from our museum gift shop and periodic yard sales; donations from the public, and grants from such entities as the Arizona Historical Society.
- Our mission is to “promote interest in the early settlement of the Colorado River Area, to record traditions, collect and preserve journals, maps, pictures, and artifacts and provide and maintain a suitable location in which they may be displayed for public interest.” By “Colorado River area” or “Tri-State area,” we mean the communities and places surrounding the area where the borders of Arizona, Nevada, and California meet at the Colorado River.
We promote our mission by:
- Staffing, maintaining, and operating the Colorado River Museum in Bullhead City, Arizona;
- Collecting, preserving, and displaying artifacts, memorabilia, and historical information about places in the Tri-State area and people who have populated it;
- Holding regular meetings or field trips to educate our members and the public about history;
- Participating in community activities and sponsoring events related to our mission;
- Staffing and operating the Lil’ Red Schoolhouse in Heritage Park under a contract with Bullhead City. This schoolhouse was opened in its current location on September 26, 2015.