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Cecil & Glenda at Yuma Proving Grounds

Cecil

Cecil checking out the huge snake holes with the burros in the...

Burros

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Fishers Landing

Martinez Lake

Martinez Lake

RV Park Fishers Landing

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Martinez Lake

Motel

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The sad little cemetery

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Last one!


It has been a long time since my last update, I have a lot of catching up to do. We are still in Yuma. Cecil and Glenda arrived today. We had a ham dinner ready for their arrival. After enjoying our meal together, we had a great time showing them some of the local favorites.

We drove to Bard and had the date shakes, we toured the Senator Wash area and Yuma Proving Grounds, Fishers Landing and Martinez Lake. On our way to see Martinez Lake, we noticed a small cemetery marked with a plaque and plastic flowers. It is located just west of the boundary of the Yuma Army Proving Ground. Closer inspection of the brass plaque shows a list of names, all but one "John Doe". The only name is "Antonio Preciado (Adult)." The dates of burials are 1899. The Yuma Reel & Rod Club of Yuma erected this monument and plaque in 1977.

When I searched the net for information I discovered a bit more about them. In the 1800s a Hispanic family came up river on a steamboat and settled at what is now Fishers Landing. They all died in a Small Pox epidemic and were buried on an island in the lake. When Imperial Dam was to be built, O.C. Johnson Mortuary dug up the remains and moved them to the cemetery before the island was later flooded by the Colorado River. Such a sad story. I highly recommend a stop at this historical site if you visit the Martinez Lake area.

We are also planning a trip to La Jolla & San Diego tomorrow. La Jolla is one of my favorite places to visit. It has been about a year since we have seen the ocean, we are all excited about the trip. Check back later for more about our visit with Cecil & Glenda.

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