Quartermaster Depot Water Reservoir

Quartermaster Depot Water Reservoir (HMJB3)

Location: Yuma, AZ 85364 Yuma County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 43.688', W 114° 37.317'

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A steam pump located at the edge of the river propelled muddy Colorado River water through pipes to an elevated holding tank constructed of local rock and mortar with a wood shingle roof to decrease evaporation. Sediment fell to the bottom of the tank then gravity flow forced the cleared water through pipes to Quartermaster buildings and other houses in the area. Periodically, a soldier was sent into the tank to clean out the accumulated silt, hoisting it up and out in buckets.

The reservoir provided a number of services: household water for people, water for the large number of horses and mules used for freighting supplies throughout Arizona Territory, and water for irrigating the extensive vegetable gardens that graced the grounds around the Commanding Officer's Quarters.

The Arizona State Parks Board acquired the water reservoir in 1981 from the Bureau of Reclamation. Full restoration was completed in 1987.
HM NumberHMJB3
Placed ByYuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 9:25am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 722853 N 3623649
Decimal Degrees32.72813333, -114.62195000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 43.688', W 114° 37.317'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 43' 41.28" N, 114° 37' 19.02" W
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Area Code(s)928
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201 Yuma Crossing Bike Path (Colorado River Levee Multi-Use Path), Yuma AZ 85364, US
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