A diorama of how the Depot looked in the early 1800's. Goods were moved from the steam boat to the warehouse via small flat rail cars
One of the few structures to survive the devastating Colorado River flood of 1862. Higher ground protected it from the raging flood waters. It was built by steamboat entrepreneur Georg Alonzo Johnson for his bride Estefana Alvarado in 1859. It later became the Commanding Officer's Quarters.
The army uniforms were made of wool. I can't imagine how uncomfortable they must have been in the blistering summer heat.
It looks like every effort was made to bring civilization to Arizona. But is must have been a rugged place to live. The commanding officers wife entertained many travelers that came to Yuma who commented on the fine table she set.
The parlor showed that all effort to bring the luxuries of the East to the frontier, from the victorian furniture to the oriental carpet.
This was 10 year old Kate Bradley's room. What a small bed for a ten year old. Judging by the nice doll and carriage, the commanding officer was well compensated. Was Katey a spinner? That is quite a walking wheel.
The cook's room, he earned additional wages cooking and had private quarters
They had a steam powered pump to provide water for use in their homes and gardens. Water was pumped into a reservoir from which it was distributed by gravity to the post.