About Yuma, Arizona
Yuma has a colorful history, which lives on today in a fast-growing, vibrant community. Saddle up for a quick ride through one of the most interesting places in the United States. In 1540, just 48 years after Columbus discovered the New World, 18 years after the conquest of Mexico by Cortez, and 67 years before the settlement of Jamestown, Hernando de Alarcon visited the site of what is now the current City of Yuma. He was the first European to visit the area and to recognize the best natural crossing of the Colorado River. Much of Yuma County's later development occurred because of this strategic location.