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Sitgreaves Pass, Oatman

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Sitgreaves Pass is a gap at an elevation of 3,586 feet / 1,093 meters, in the Black Mountains of Mohave County, Arizona.

When Edward Fitzgerald Beale built Beale's Wagon Road over this pass, he named it John Howells Pass for one of the men in his expedition in October, 1857. Subsequently, the pass was named for Captain Lorenzo Sitgreaves, of the Corps of Topographical Engineers, who led the 1851 Expedition Down the Zuni and Colorado Rivers. Sitgreaves' expedition never crossed the Black Mountains by this pass, but did farther north, at Secret Pass or at Union Pass. Under the mistaken impression Sitgreaves and his expedition had crossed this pass, the name was given to it by Lieutenant Joseph Christmas Ives of the Corps of Topographical Engineers in March 1858, as he passed eastward to survey the Colorado Plateau on his way to Fort Defiance, following his exploration of the Colorado River.
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  • What a fun and beautiful drive. If you're traveling to either Oatman or Kingman you should really think about making the drive in between the two. We spent some time in the ghost town of Oatman and...  more »
  • What an unbelieving view! We passed through while riding down rt 66 in our 220 slingshot. The scenery literally is gorgeous. Photos don't begin to do it justice!  more »
  • Definitely worth the detour, take it slow and easy. Seriously tight turns and steep drops. Well worth it for the view, interesting to see all the old cars that didn’t heed the speed warning.
  • 👍😎Great ride on a motorcycle
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