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Yuma is a city in Yuma County, Arizona, at the southwestern corner of the state.
In 1540, expeditions led by Hernando de Alarcon and Melchior Diaz came to the area and chose the natural crossing of the Colorado River as a spot for a city, as the Colorado River narrows to 1,000 feet in one small section.
The Colorado River runs to the north and west of town, and marks the border between Arizona and California. Yuma is an important station for truckers moving goods between California, Arizona and Mexico.