Golden Shores


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“Route 66 travelers making their way west from Oatman, Arizona will descend an incline for about 20 miles before reaching Golden Shores. This area was not born of the Mother Road and is part of the city of Topock, but, the name refers to a development near the Colorado River north of Topock.

Beyond Golden Shores, just about five miles to the south is the end of Arizona’s ribbon of the Mother Road at Topock, through which Route 66 travels. Sitting at an elevation of 505 feet right at the eastern edge of the Colorado River, the settlement got its start when the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad built a wooden bridge across the river in 1883.

Just a few years later, in 1890, the wood railroad bridge was replaced by the Red Rock Bridge, at a cost of almost a half-million dollars. This bridge, built by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway was a cantilevered truss bridge. At about this time, the settlement’s name was changed to Topock, a term thought to have come from the Mohave Indian word for “water crossing” or “bridge.” (source: Legends Of America)

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