Community Profile | Mohave County
At the time of its creation by Arizona's first Territorial Assembly in 1864, Mohave County included portions of present-day Nevada. The northern portion of Mohave County was split off in 1865 as Pah-Ute County. And in 1867, parts of both counties – including the present site of Las Vegas – were attached to Nevada, which had become a state in 1864. The much-reduced Pah-Ute County was merged with Mohave County in 1871. Today, the waters of Lake Mead covers most of the historical sites of Arizona's Lost County.
The area that is now Mohave County began to attract settlers shortly after it was brought into the United States by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. The 1860s saw an influx of miners after discovering gold and Mormons sent south from Utah by their church. Mohave County is geographically the second-largest in the state.
Mohave County is geographically the second-largest in the state. Mainly desert makes up ts 13,470 square miles, and 158 square miles is water. The county boasts 1,000 miles of shoreline and is a great water sports center.
It also has the longest stretch of historic U.S. Route 66. The Colorado River and two humanmade lakes, Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu play an essential role in Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City's growth.
Kingman, the county seat, was not founded until the 1880s with the coming of the railroad. Before being moved to Kingman in 1887, the county seat had been located in the communities of Mohave City, Hardyville, Cerbat, and Mineral Park – none of which exist today. Although these communities did not survive, the forces that led to their establishment – mining, the Colorado River, and the railroad – are still crucial to the county's economy.
The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land management own 61 percent of the land; Indian reservations, 6 percent; the state of Arizona, 7 percent; individual or corporate, 18 percent; and other public lands, 8 percent.
Mohave County Economic DevelopmentTami Ursenbach,
Lake Havasu Area Chamber of CommerceLisa Krueger,
Bullhead CityToby Cotter,
City of KingmanGary Kellogg,
City of Kingman Development ServicesBennett Bratley,
Lake Havasu CityJess Knudson,
Partnership for Economic DevelopmentJames Gray,
Town of Colorado CityVance Barlow,
Local First ArizonaKimber Lanning,
Arizona Commerce Authority100 N. 7th Ave., Suite 400
Last Updated by University of Arizona - Yuma (CAST): 04/21/2021