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Chamber History

The Bouse Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1981. Originally called "Concerned Residents of Bouse," it became a legal organization under the name of "Bouse Chamber of Commerce"in 1988.

In 1986 the BCOC held its first Bouse Founder's Day elebration, which has continued to be held each november since. The chamber has been helpful in making Bouse a much more interesting place to livew. It manages the Bouse Museum, where volunteers keep the office open as a tourist center in the winter season. The museum ouses information and artifacts about the early community of Bouse, as well as being the unofficial custodians of Camp Bouse, where the Army secret base was in the 1940's during WWII.

The chamber sponsors special events during the year including Founder's Day, The Bouse Community Christmas Block Party and Event, and Camp Bouse Days. In 2012 the Chamber developed the Bouse Rest Area

Timeline

1981
Founded as "Concerned Residents of Bouse"
1986
1st "Founder's Day" celebration held
 
Members of chamber went to Arizona State Capitol to protect our water in the 'Ranegras Plain Aquifer from water farming.
1988
Became legal organization "Bouse Chamber of Commerce"
1989
Applied for 'Adopt a Highway' program through ADOT. (now the longest continuous adoptee in State of Arizona)
1990
Purchased the Bouse Assay Office, and began stabilization and restoration
 
(during demolition of another building nearby, the original sign was found being used upside down as a floorboard. That same board is now back on facia of the building)
1995
Expanded the lot where the Assay office is located by purchasing the lots east of the building
 
Around same time the original site of the Alaska Hotel (on cnr of Main and Santa Fe was donated to Chamber by Lawrence (sleepy) and Betty Mackey
 
Chamber approached La Paz County Board of Supervisors and La Paz Parks Department for development of a community park
1996
Working closely with VFW Post 2357 and American Legion Post 46 developed 'Monument Row'.

 

 

1997
Roland (Bud) and Adele Miller donated the Mining Shack to the Chamber and the Bouse Museum
 
526th marker dedicated at Memorial Park attended by several past vets of the 526th for a reunion
1998
740th, 736th & 701st markers dedicated at Memorial Row
1999
Acquired the Self-Propelled Howitzer from Sante Fe Armory, NM . Delivery to memorial park by Rock Cramer (Vicksburg Farm)
2000
A&C Mercantile Marker dedicated in front of Store
2001
738th & Monument Marker both dedicated at Memorial Park
2003
George Wendt & 526AIB marker dedicated at Memorial Park
2005
8-Ball's marker dedicated at Memorial Park
2012
Chamber developed the Bouse Rest Area
 
Marty Silva built and donated a replica of 'Gizmo' to the Chamber and Museum
2015
748th marker dedicated at Memorial Park with Hank Lientz and family in attendance
2017
Celebrated 21st dedication of Camp Bouse Memorial
 
(Sadly, this also appeared to be the last time we were honored by one of the Camp Bouse Veterans attending the dedication)

Your Bouse Chamber officers for 2017:

President: David Bull
Vice President: John Bennett
Secretary: Dani Bull
Treasurer: Rhonda Bennett
   
Board Members: Renee Townsend
  Pat Walch
  (Vacant)

If you would like to contact the chamber -
Phone: (928) 851-2509

Chamber of Commerce Membership Meetings will be 
at Bouse Booster Club @ 6:00pm on the the 2nd monday of the month

2017 (minutes)
Jan | Feb | Mar | April | May | June | ..... | Sept | Oct | Nov | Dec

2016 (minutes)
Jan | Feb | Mar | April | May | June | ..... | Sept | Oct | Nov | Dec

Estimated Distances

from Bouse to Midway
13
from Bouse to Four Corners
18
from Bouse to Swansea
27
from Bouse to Camp Bouse
24
from Bouse to Planet Ranch
28
from Bouse to Alamo Lake
70
 
from Bouse to Parker
27
from Bouse to Lake Havasu
72
from Bouse to Quartzsite
27
from Bouse to Vicksburg
20
from Bouse to Hope
23
from Bouse to Blythe, CA
49
from Bouse to Parker Dam
43
from Bouse to Bullhead City
116
from Bouse to Prescott
127
from Bouse to Phoenix
130
from Bouse to Las Vegas
205
from Bouse to Yuma
109

 

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44362 E. Main Street
(P.O. Box 817)
Bouse Arizona

PH: (928) 851-2509

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