Steamboats and pickup trucks in the Colorado River

A century and a half ago, there was enough water in the Yuma stretch of the Colorado River to sink a steamboat:

On this date in 1854, the first steamer on the Colorado River, The Uncle Sam, sank at Pilot Knob.

Today, it’s pickups, stuck in the sand:

Yuma Station agents patrolling near the Colorado River saw an abandoned Jeep Cherokee parked near the Normandy barriers. Upon closer inspection, agents noticed a large part of the Normandy barriers had been cut. Nearby, several individuals were trying to free a Chevy pickup truck stuck in the Colorado River. As agents approached the truck, the individuals fled to Mexico. The truck contained 44 bundles of marijuana with a combined weight of 855 pounds, worth an estimated $427,500.

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  1. In Rival Rails the story of railroads in the southwest, it states that the first bridge over the Colorado at Yuma had a swing section so boats could go upstream. Here is a link to a Yuma heritage site that confirms the swing section (near the bottom of the page)

    The page also says that before 1898 two such bridges had been washed away by floods also.

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