New River Tidbits
The Southern Pacific and Santa Fe railroads had both arrived in Arizona by 1880. Ranching started to flourish, and raising sheep to a major enterprise among white pioneers, and only grew from a Navajo occupation. In order to protect public lands from depletion, the United States Forestry provided grazing permits sometime after 1897. Arizona remained a frontier territory in 1912, until it was granted statehood.
The immigration of Mormons encouraged farming in the southernmost portion of the territory. Many streams were diverted allowing the irrigation of some 200,000 acres by 1900. In 1911, when the Roosevelt Dam opened, a federally funded project was established and the valleys of Arizona were transformed and experienced massive irrigation projects within New River. While the mines in New River weren't unionized until the middle 1930's,and in 1917 and 1915, strikes occurred at the copper mines of Morenci and Clifton and Morenci and at the mines in Bisbee.
Defense industries were established in New River, Arizona in WW II. After the end of the war, manufacturing, primarily in the electronic industries, continued to develop, particularly around Tucson and Phoenix. During the 1960's, manufacturing in New River became economically supreme over mining in New River. New River experienced some amazing economic growth, and in the 1970's and 1980's, which attracted other high-tech industries with the potential for enormous growth.
It is difficult to categorize New River. However, the community doesn't have an identity crisis. The residents of New River people understand that New River, which is a welcoming and gritty place where, as you walk along the roadsides with your dog, you don't have to worry about human predators, but rather watch out for rattlesnakes. As they drive, people will wave even if they don't know you. There is even an arena in the community, which is a memorial to a little girl who loved horses whose life was taken in an air tragedy. She would have loved the idea of an arena in New River.
All of the neighbors in New River know each other, and if you need a well dug, or your pipes fixed, it will probably be a neighbor who will do the work. That neighbor might live many miles away. However they are still a neighbor, and somebody referred them because the same people or known to the both of you.
There aren't many rivers in Arizona. Some call the dry riverbeds rivers. Sometime during the year, those rivers will run. The locals often joke about every time there was water in the river beds, the bridges would wash out every However, when you didn't need them, they could always depend on those bridges.
The only actual river in New River is a-sand and river rock bed with many different bridges, although there wasn't much water below the bridge. During the rainy season in February, this heavy precipitates the violent monsoons in the summertime. Then the riverbed becomes a seasonal stream that will be flowing with great force. Following each large storm, recent erosion is obvious.
Desert run-off has the strength that shouldn't be taken lightly. Every year, people lose their lives while trying to cross. Washes are in fact a deathtrap, and the occasional Hummer as well as the boulders and trees are carried along on the white capped water are evidence of its strength.
There is an ambience of some western biker's hybrid flavor, which can be enjoyed while hanging around or on the roomy patio for late night dancing to live music, or early morning breakfast at the Roadrunner. There, on busy nights, live bull riding can be watched. During mornings on the weekend the colorful language can be heard by of the bikers, who will swear up a blue streak, even by the women.
A restaurant known as the Station offers a great meal. People are often be surprised at their delicious menu and enjoy the relaxed feeling in the dining room. The Station offers the best rib eye steak in the community along with their rosemary fries. There is also an outdoor patio. Anybody of age can also drink a few beers, and will be anxious to hear the karaoke on Sunday nights.
There is also a sports bar next to New River Road known as Gizmo's, as well as the River Side Plaza in a small strip mall. New River Road, which is lined with roadside shrines, in honor of those who passed away on the rather winding road. There are also many other winding roads in New River, where it would pay to drive slowly.
The curvy roads and hilly lands make for an organic feel, a tapestry of rugged beauty. Straight lines and symmetry cause tension, as any artist can attest to. It would be rather difficult to live in New River without the tense. New River is a wonderful place to live, work, or play as also being a great place to raise a family.