In the 1880's till the late 1940's Quartzsite had it's boom's and bust's with the mining of Gold,Silver,Copper and other ores in the hills around here.
The Cinnabar,Copper Bottom, Mariquita,Moon Mountain and Gold Nugget mines where the only ones that ever amounted to anything.
The population of Q went from being nearly a ghost town well under 100 after the 1900 boom.By 1910 the population was up to 339.In 1930 it was back down to 112 people.The estimated population now is around 4100 folks.
From the late 1940's till the mid 1960's Quartzsite just hibernated.In 1965
the Quartzsite Impovement Association was started.(QIA).In Feb. of 1967
they held the first official Rock and Gem Show.They had 8 exhibitors in the building and 20 tailgate vendors in the parking lot.An estimated 1000 people came to the 3 day Pow Wow.The 2009 Pow Wow had more than 500 booths filling the 9 acres of the QIA showgrounds during the 5 day show.
It is estimated by some that 4 Million Rockhounds and Snow Birds flock through Quartzsite in January.
was the start of the latest boom for the big Q,now with it's many shows,flee markets and Snow Birds boondocking on BLM land.
(Photo 1.) The remains of the Halsey Williams Mill.The mill operated between 1940 and 1950
( Photo 2.) The remains of the Stetler Stamping Mill at the foot of Q Mountain.
(Photo 3.) Boondocking on BLM LTVA.(Long term visitor area)
(Photo 4.) The BIG tent.This is where the RV show and Car Show are held in Jan and Feb.
(Photo 5.) A modern day mining claim sign.
(Photo 6.) Some of the many flee market vendors.