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Civil War Days reenactment weekend at the Colorado River State Historic Park
YUMA, ARIZONA – The Colorado River State Historic Park is hosting its 9th annual Civil War Days reenactment weekend on Jan. 20-21, 2018 at the historic Yuma Quartermaster Depot, 201 N. 4th Avenue.
This year’s event features appearances by President Abraham Lincoln and his top general Ulysses S. Grant. Each day, President Lincoln will perform his famous “Gettysburg Address” and will hold a press conference with General Grant.
Gates open at 9 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. A full schedule of events includes two battles per day, period minstrel shows, performances by the Camp Carleton Band, a fashion show, historic dancing demonstrations, and more.
Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for kids 7-13, with those 6 and younger admitted free. Visitors are invited to tour through authentic Civil War-style encampments, as well as to visit all regular park exhibits and buildings.
The Colorado River State Historic Park is home to the historic Yuma Quartermaster Depot, which served as an Army supply depot during the Indian Wars period from 1865-1883.
The Army built the depot just after the end of the Civil War, and while there were no actual Civil War battles here, the site does provide an authentic military setting that matches the period.
Civil War Days are sponsored by the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, which operates the Colorado River State Historic Park.
"This event provides a unique opportunity to experience 'living history' right in our community," Heritage Area Historian Tina Clark said. "We are delighted that we can offer a venue that has real ties to the period and the modern-day facilities to facilitate the event."
During the Quartermaster Depot's early days, its warehouses, on the high ground above the Colorado River, held a six-month supply of clothing, food, ammunition and other goods for posts in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Texas.
With the coming of the railroad in 1877, the Depot's supply role faded and the Army closed it in 1883. But the site lived on as a weather station, customs office, and the first home of the Bureau of Reclamation and the Yuma County Water Users Association. The site eventually became part of the Arizona State Parks system.
During summer of 2009, Arizona State Parks announced that the Quartermaster Depot would close in the fall because of cuts in the state budget. Instead, the City of Yuma stepped forward to lease the property, with the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area assuming responsibility for day-to-day operations. As part of the plan to "save" the Quartermaster Depot, Visit Yuma also moved its Visitor Information Center into the entrance building, providing a daily presence to oversee the park.
Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is an independent nonprofit corporation governed by a local board of directors. It was among the first national heritage areas in the West to be officially designated by the U.S. Congress. The Heritage Area's master plan projects earned the Governor's Arizona Preservation Award in 2009. For more information, call 928-373-5198 or visit www.yumaheritage.com
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