Parker, Arizona

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Parker (Mojave 'Amat Kuhwely, formerly 'Ahwe Nyava) is a town in and the county seat of La Paz County, Arizona, United States,[2] on the Colorado River in Parker Valley. The population was 3,140 at the 2000 census.



Founded in 1908, the town was named for Ely Parker, the first Native American commissioner for the U.S. government. The original town site of Parker was surveyed and laid out in 1909 by a railroad location engineer by the name of Earl. H. Parker. However, the town's name and origin began when a post office was established January 6, 1871, on the Colorado River Indian reservation to serve the Indian agency.[3]


Parker is located at 34°8′41″N 114°17′23″W / 34.14472°N 114.28972°W / 34.14472; -114.28972 (34.144644, -114.289686).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 22.0 square miles (57.0 km²), of which, 22.0 square miles (56.9 km²) of it is land and 0.05% is water.

According to Census Bureau maps, the town is divided into two non-contiguous sections; the northern section consists of the original town and is located in the Colorado River Indian reservation and the southern section consists of a larger, roughly rectangular section of largely undeveloped territory.


Parker has an arid climate classification, which is characterized by extremely hot summers and warm winters.

Wintertime highs in Parker are generally in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Lows during the winter are between 40°F (4°C) and 50°F (10°C), with an occasional day dipping below 40°F (4°C). The all-time lowest recorded temperature in Parker occurred on December 31, 1911, when temperatures bottomed out at 9°F (-13°C).

Summers in Parker can be dangerously hot, with highs in June, July, August, and September remaining in the 100°F (38°C) to 110°F (43°C) range, with occasional days over 115°F (46°C) or even 120°F (49°C) not completely out of the question.

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