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Colorado River and the "Needles" | by Ken Lund
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Colorado River and the "Needles"

The Colorado and the namesake rock formations for Needles, California. There are several bridges and pipelines that cross the Colorado River at this point at Topock, California.


Topock is a small unincorporated community in Mohave County, Arizona.


It lies between Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City and southeast of Needles, California, on the California–Arizona border.


Topock is known for being a boating town as well as being home to the Old Trails Arch Bridge which used to be the old Route 66 bridge featured in the film The Grapes of Wrath.


Topock Marina located just off I-40 on Historic Route 66. Situated on the Colorado River between Needles and Lake Havasu City, the Marina is the traditional refueling point for boaters traveling between these two cities.


Topock is the site of one of PG&E's recompression stations on its super-rich natural gas pipeline from Texas to San Francisco completed in 1930.


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Taken on January 25, 2009