This is basically all that’s left of an entire town that was situated just a few miles from Parker, a town with the larger population during the 1930’s. According to the BLM, this town had 5 grocery stores, 3 restaurants, pool hall, barber shop, beauty shop, mortuary, bowling alley, 3 service stations, 2 used car lots, several garages, post office, church, power plant, several saloons, several tourist cabins and up to 3000 people at its height.
Do you know where it is and what it was called?
A significant percentage of the Parker community knows the answer, but we’ll bet a majority do not. The town was called Crossroads, located on the California side of the Colorado River at Bowmans Wash, opposite what is now the southern side of Patria Flats. It’s now an OHV area, and a great place to set off into the California desert on hikes or off-roading excursions.
Crossroads was home to the workers building Parker Dam and the aqueduct for the Metropolitan Water District during its construction. The town was essentially the home of the people who created Lake Havasu. It was a rough place to live, according to the BLM. Several deaths went unsolved during the town’s heyday, and the town’s residents were involved in grueling work at the dam, at the time of the Great Depression.
Today, Crossroads consists of this one building and not much else. The structure used to be the Cross Roads Mercantile Company, later renamed Schwanbeck’s, which also served as a U.S. Post Office. Operation of the store continued all the way until 1973.
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