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National Wildlife Refuge

66600 Cibola Lake Road
Route 2, Box 1
Cibola, AZ   85328
E-mail: bill_seese@fws.gov
Phone Number: 928-857-3252
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Archeologist refer to the prehistoric Yumans as the "Patayan". The people farmed the river floodplain, which flooded annually depositing rich soils for crops. Following each harvest, the people left the river to hunt and gather wild plants in the neighboring desert uplands, returning to the river once again to plant crops, after the spring floods had subsided. Because of the annual flooding, little physical evidence of their dispersed villages has survived.

In the 1800s, Colorado River steamers plied the river with staples of food and supplies to the small regional settlements of farmers, ranchers, and miners. The origin of the name Cibola is unknown, but is is probably derived from the steamboat landing and community of Cibola where the steamers unloaded freight and took on wood for their boilers.

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