Blythe, California

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Blythe (pronounced /ˈblaɪθ/) is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the "Palo Verde Valley" of the Lower Colorado River Valley region, an agricultural area and part of the Colorado Desert along the Colorado River. Blythe was named after Thomas Blythe, a gold prospector who established primary water rights to the Colorado River in the region in 1877. The city was incorporated on July 21, 1916. The population was 12,155 at the 2000 census.



In 1882, Thomas Blythe, a native of England, came to what is now Blythe in favor of settling and finding real estate for further development. Blythe previously resided in San Francisco and had become wealthy through real estate investments. He was also involved in farming and mining. Blythe worked with partners William Calloway and George Irish until his death in 1883. No development occurred until the turn of the 20th century.

Frank Murphy and Ed Williams, who were involved on the cattle industry and came from nearby Arizona, came to the area in 1904 and convinced it was well-suited for cattle and farming. With the help of W.A. Hobson, they formed the Palo Verde Land and Water Company. W.F. Holt, who helped develop nearby Imperial Valley, became the company's general manager. Holt resigned at 1912. Hobson Way is named in honor of W.A Hobson.

On August 8, 1916, the California Southern Railroad built a railroad to Blythe from a Rice, CA, then known as Blythe Junction. It was later renamed to honor G.W. Rice, the superintendent of the railroad.

Geography and climate

Blythe is located at 33°37′2″N 114°35′21″W / 33.61722°N 114.58917°W / 33.61722; -114.58917 (33.617157, -114.589241),[1] near the California/Arizona border in the Colorado Desert section of the Sonoran Desert, at the junction of Interstate 10 and US 95. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 25.0 square miles (64.8 km²), of which 24.2 square miles (62.8 km²) is land and 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²) (3.12%) is water.

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