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Dating from the 1820's, the Southwest - including the area of the Yuma Crossing - began to open to traders and the Mountain Men. The first Americans believed to arrive at the Crossing were a group of such men in 1826 - seeking beaver pelts along the Gila and Colorado. By the 1850's the California Gold Rush was on and thousands of travelers were moving through the Crossing. The American Military establish a permanent presence. he Yuma Crossing during the time of the California Gold Rush....
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