Journey to Blythe, a city within Riverside County within the Palo Verde Valley which is a part of the Colorado Desert and River Valley area. The city of Blythe was named for Thomas Blythe who was a financier from San Francisco who had many water rights for the Colorado River during 1877. It was during 1916 when the city was incorporated and according to the census of 2010, the population was almost 21,000.
It was during the 1870s that William “Oliver” Calloway who was a former captain and engineer had explored the area that was across the Colorado River from the area of Ehrenberg, Arizona and had found that the are had potential for development. It was then that Calloway had made surveys and filed land claims under the 1850 Swamp Land Act. He then got the interest of Thomas Blythe who had been born in Wales, England to handle the development as well as settlement of an area next to the Colorado River. It was during 1877 that Blythe had put in a claim for the Colorado River Water which would become the Blythe Intake. Then Blythe would hire George Irish to be a manager and assist him with building irrigation systems. It was during 1880 when the Chemehuevi attacked that Calloway would die and he was replaced by CC Miller. It was during 1883 that Blythe died, and he had only revisited the valley in 1882. The work being done in the valley was stopped and the estate of Blythe had gone into litigation between his daughter Florence and other claimants. The trial started in 1889 and by the early 1900s, Florence had been awarded the estate and that was after years of rulings in favor of her and many appeals against the ruling.
Ed and Murphy Williams who were in the cattle business within southeastern Arizona, went to the region in 1904 and were persuaded it was appropriate for steers and cultivating. With the Hobson siblings from Ventura County, they purchased Blythe’s home and shaped the Palo Verde Land and Water Company.
In August of 1916, the California Southern Railroad achieved Blythe from the forsake station of Rice, at that point known as Blythe Junction. It was later renamed to respect G.W. Rice, a specialist and administrator of the railroad. The sensational development in the valley following this occasion pulled in national consideration. Creation aggregates expanded every year from essentially nothing to close $8,000,000 in couple of years, basically from cotton and cotton seed sent to the ports. The lower cotton costs in 1920 finished this prosperous time. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway started renting the line in 1921 and purchased it during 1942.
During 1935, the culmination of Boulder Dam stifled the dangerous yearly surges in the valley. As noted in the city’s fiftieth commemoration, nearly forty products were developed in the ranches, and vast steers encourages were another part of the agribusiness business. About two decades sooner, the Fisher farm had the greatest group of enrolled Brahman dairy cattle in California, the rearing stock having been sold to western states and different nations.
Amid World War II, Blythe was the site of United States Army Air Forces offices in the Blythe Airport and the Gary Field.
The first car bridge was built during 1928 to travel between Ehrenberg and Blythe on the Colorado River. The bridge was rebuilt during the 1960s and then in 1974, the bridge was extended to become a 4-lane bridge. It was during 1972 that Interstate 10 was worked through the city, supplanting US 60 and the beforehand decommissioned US 70 in Hobsonway as the fundamental avenue.
In 2016, the voter-endorsed recreational utilization of cannabis in California has made the cannabis business attracted to the financially declined city because of lower arrive costs, water, and conceivably bring down expenses contrasted with different parts of the state. One of the proposed cannabis offices, Palo Verde Center, would be one of the biggest in North America.
Tourism is a noteworthy segment of the nearby economy. Blythe is a stopover city with full administrations for voyagers between any of the close-by districts, specifically the significant urban communities of Los Angeles and Phoenix, since it is roughly halfway between those two metropolitan regions. The winter months bring guests keeping away from the colder atmospheres of the north, when the number of inhabitants in the territory inside 50 miles (80 km) of Blythe has been known to surpass 500,000.
Con-Way cargo has an expansive office here. It is utilized chiefly during the evening for cross dock tasks, as there is occasionally a need to make conveyances here.
Blythe likewise contains 24 chapels, one library, two daily papers which are the Palo Verde Valley Times and The Desert Independent, two exhibition halls, two radio stations, three banks, a three-screen motion picture theater (now shut down), one memorial service home and a 18,500 sq ft amusement focus. The region is well known with campers and climbers as well as equipped with 7 campgrounds, 6 parks, 7 RV parks, 3 Boat ramps, and a public golf course.
Blythe has the Blythe Blue Grass Festival every year the third few days of January. The Blythe Heat is a minor league baseball group of the Arizona Winter League, and furthermore an individual from the Arizona Summer League. They play on Alexander Field in Todd Park confronting the Palo Verde College. A few amusements of the Lake Havasu Heat of the semi-expert Pacific Southwest Baseball League played in Blythe amid the late spring months.
Blythe has the Palo Verde Unified School District which is made up of a single high school and three elementary schools as well as a single adult education and continuation school. The community college district of Palo Verde happens to be part of the California Community College system which include the community college which is located in Blythe as well as an extension for non-credit classes and Adult Basic Education which is located in downtown Blythe on Spring Street. There is also a private school that is for k-8 called The Desert Learning Center.
For more information, check out: http://www.cityofblythe.ca.gov/.