Yucca started as an order office and water fill station for the railroad in the 1880s. Yucca is now a small community in Mohave County located along Interstate 40 in the broad Sacramento Valley.

The community was named for the yucca plants growing there. The latitude of Yucca is 34.872N. The longitude is -114.148W.

Yucca has two exits, exit 25 is at the south edge of the community and exit 26 at the north end of town where the Arizona Proving Grounds are located.

The west side of the valley has the southern section of the Black Mountains, and to the east are the Hualapai and McCracken Mountains. As of 2011, the Yucca area population was 2,059 people.

During During World War II, the US Army Air Corps purchased 2,284 acres of land and developed the Yucca Army Airfield for training pilots. It was a satellite airfield for the use of Kingman AAF & its Gunnery School. In 1941 the facility consisted of two 6,000' asphalt runways, taxiways, a control tower, and a total of 45 buildings.

2006 USGS Photo
In 1954 the air base was purchased by Ford Motor Company and along with additional land, was turned into the Arizona Proving Grounds. Chrysler purchased the proving grounds in November 2007 from Ford.
View of the Arizona Proving Grounds from I-40
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