Because I have a silly sense of humor, I've always thought that New River was a goofy name. I mean, when the pioneers named it over 100 years ago, it was New River. And it still is. OK, well that's funny to me.
|Map showing New River in Peoria in 1909|
|Looking north from the Rio Vista pedestrian bridge over New River, Peoria, Arizona. The water is flowing towards you.|
The pioneers had to wait until the land was as dry as possible to cross these washes. Nowadays they're crossed by bridges that most people don't even realize are bridges. And when I was on the trail I crossed on the pedestrian/bicycle bridge at Rio Vista Park, and then crossed at Olive (there's no crossing on Cactus).
If you want to see what Phoenix was like before it was all paved over, it's easy to do. This area is only paved enough to provide a safe bike path. The loudest sound is the wind through the trees, the hum of a dragonfly overhead, the scurry of quail and roadrunners.
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