Arizona 72 is an old state route first established in 1932. The route begins at AZ 95 southeast of Parker, and travels southeast through Bouse to end at US 60 in Hope.
Arizona 72 was the first state route to the town of Parker, established in 1879 as a post office next to the Colorado River Indian Reservation. The town took additional prominence as a railroad town starting in 1905, and became the county seat of La Paz County in 1983.
Arizona 72 originally ended in Parker, but was truncated to it's present route in 1956 (with the last 13 miles transferred to Arizona 95).
||Arizona 72 begins here at US 60, inside the town of
Hope, AZ. Arizona 72 was the primary route to Parker until
Arizona 95 was realigned in 1956. Photo taken 03/03/07. |
||Distance sign to Arizona 95 (36 miles), Parker (48 miles)
and Lake Havasu City (87 miles). Parker and Lake Havasu
City lie on Arizona 95, as Arizona 72 ends there. Photo taken 03/03/07. |
||The first town Arizona 72 reaches is Vicksburg. Vicksburg
is named for the first postmaster, Vic Satterdahl. Photo taken 03/03/07. |
||Arizona 72 remains a two lane road throughout it's length.
The rock outcroppings in the background are unnamed. Photo taken 03/03/07. |
||Arizona 72 runs through many washes between Vicksburg
and Bouse. During flash floods, water runs over the road,
closing it to traffic. Photo taken 03/03/07. |
||Distance sign to Bouse (11 miles) and Parker (37 miles). Photo taken 03/03/07. |
||Arizona 72 meets Avenue 42E here. Avenue 42E travels
south to meet US 60 near Brenda. Photo taken 03/03/07. |
||Arizona 72 stays close to the old Parker Branch of the
BNSF railroad. Photo taken 03/03/07. |
||Arizona 72 enters the town of Bouse here. Bouse is the
largest town along Arizona 72, and was named for Tom Bouse.
The original route of Arizona 95 ended in Bouse until
1956. Photo taken 03/03/07. |
||Now north of Bouse, the next three control points along
Arizona 72 (and Arizona 95) are Arizona 95 (5 miles),
Parker (17 miles) and Lake Havasu City (56 miles). Photo taken 03/03/07. |
||Arizona 72 enters the Parker city limits here. Parker
was first established in 1891, and moved to the present
location in 1905 along the railroad. The highway bridge
across the Colorado River was first built in 1937, and
Parker's importance grew along with agriculture along
the river. Photo taken 03/03/07. |
||Advance signage for Arizona 95, 1/2 mile. Photo taken 03/03/07. |
||Continue northwest on Arizona 95 to reach Parker and Lake Havasu City. Photo taken 03/03/07. |
||Turn left to take Arizona 95 southbound, or continue
ahead on Arizona 95 northbound. Reflecting the original
terminus of Arizona 72, traffic to Arizona 95 does not
have to stop before travelling on Arizona 95. Photo taken 03/03/07. |
||Arizona 72 ends here, at Arizona 95. The road continues
northwest to Parker as Arizona 95, or traffic can turn
left to take Arizona 95 south to Quartzsite. Photo taken 03/03/07. |
Page Updated 09-15-2009.