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Earl H. Parker wanted the town of Parker to become a stop along the Arizona & California Railroad, so he surveyed it in 1909 and segmented it from Colorado River Indian tribal lands. While some people contend that the town was named for him, others believe the tiny “West Coast” settlement was actually named for Ely Samuel Parker, the first Native American commissioner of Indian affairs. Regardless, Parker is best known for its eponymous dam. Built between 1934 and 1938, the dam created Lake Havasu, a 648,000-acre-foot reservoir popular among hedonists, anglers and boaters. — Kelly Vaughn Kramer


 
FOUNDED
1909
  POPULATION
3,181
  AREA
22 square miles
  ELEVATION
423 feet
  COUNTY
La Paz
 

Information: www.townofparkerarizona.com

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