There are a
two possible interpretations to this question. We'll begin with a quote from Max Frei's book entitled,
“Where do rumors come
from, Sir Kofa? I was truly curious to know the
answer. Where don't they come from? I suppose the majority
of rumors are a combination of leaked information and
the astounding imaginations of numerous storytellers.
And, of course, the hope that things aren't really as
boring as they seem on the surface.”
Let's begin this story with
a look at all the possible language origins of the word
- noun -
woman who sells vegetables, fish, etc. in a market, a vendor
Icelandic - noun
- a young puffin
Serbo-Croatian - noun - pail or bucket
the local geography. A mountain range
originally called the SH Mountains,
was so named back in the early 1800s either by miners or
soldiers, who noticed that from a distance, they resembled
will leave it to you to figure out what 'SH' stood for.
Regardless, the mountain range was later renamed the
by map makers. They are the central mountain range
comprising the Kofa
National Wildlife Refuge today, about 60 miles northeast of Yuma,
the southwestern part of the state. There
are three major peaks in the high region: two in the
west: Signal Peak at 4,877 feet (1,487 m), Squaw
Peak at 4,416 feet (1,346 m), and Polaris Mountain
at 3,624 feet (1,105 m) in the south.
30 miles northwest on Interstate
10. Access roads to the range depart a north-south
stretch of US
95, five miles to the west.
wildlife refuge and the
are arid and rugged volcanic
remnant mountains of Tertiary age.
They are home to one of the larger desert
bighorn sheep ranges.
The wildlife refuge and the mountains are some of the
hottest areas in the southwest
closest community to the
let's complete this tale with a story about a gold
mine. Located in the south end of the
former underground mine called The King of Arizona mine.
It was discovered by Col. Charles Eichelberger in
1896. Over the next 14 years, the mine produced
something like $3.5 million in gold ore, which, of
course, was a lot of money in those days. A town
by the name of KOFA grew up nearby during those
the mine closed in 1928, the town if KOFA became a ghost town.
to answer the question; 'Where does the word 'KOFA' come
from?' There appears to be two possible stories
the King Of Arizona Mine, located in the KOFA
the KOFA Mountain Range, named by a Serbo-Croatian
It's your turn to be the storyteller!