""Crossroads of the Southwest"" Gila Bend by Basaic

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Gila Bend

Gila (pronounced "hee-la") Bend, was named for the sharp bend in the Gila River. It is located near a prehistoric Hohokam Indian Village which Father Eusebio Francisco Kino visited in 1699. Kino found the fertile banks of the Gila River had been abandoned by an early Indian tribe call the Opas, who raised two grain crops annually and irrigated the land using water from the Gila River.

Gila Bend has long been nicknamed the "Crossroads of the Southwest", and was part of an important transportation route in the settling, development and growth of the Great Southwest. Gila Bend is ideally situated as the "center of a wheel" with spokes leading to and from all areas of the southwest.

Gila Bend has almost 2000 residents, and seems to be a very friendly town.

Nearby Attractions

Nearby attractions include the Gatlin Site (a site of an ancient Hohokam Settlement established around 800 AD and which is under development); Fortaleza (another Hohokam Site which is not open to the general public); the Oatman Massacre Site (where the Oatman Family was massacred in 1851); and the Painted Rock Petroglyph Site located just west of town.

Gila Bend also has a town museum which is free and is well worth a visit.


Gila Bend boasts a number of hotels and restaurants.

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  • Last visit to Gila Bend: Oct 2014
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    My sister lived here for almost three years. She loved it. That Space Age Lodge looks really cool and the restaurant too! Neat page Jim!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Hans and I actually drove through Gila Bend in June, 1996 and did stop at the Visitor Information. I have pictures of those giant Cactus.


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