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Bouse Then & Nowextract from " Bouse Arizona - Then & Now"
by Renee Townsend & Carolyn Brown 2012

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The Bouse Assay Office. a 625 feet square building, was built about 1902 by the bouse Townsite, Land & Improvement Company and was used as their sales office. It has not been determined when it became the Assay office, however assay services were provided from Bouse for Swansea and other mines up and down the Bill Williams River. The earliest assayer recorded in Bouse was P. R. Brown who appears in the 1909-10 Arizona State Business Directory. Other sources have shown shown the C. C. Thompson was the U.S. Mineral surveyor for many years.

C. C. Thompson lived in the building until the early 1960s. Besides surveying Swansea and other mining areas, he also surveyed the original Bouse Townsite in 1910, and the Worley addition to the Bouse Townsite in 1916. Thompson lived to his 80s or early 90s.

In 1964 Mrs. C.L. Terry lived in the building after her husband died. Mr Terry had the Black Trust Group Mine and the Bird Group Mine. In 1990 the building was sold by W.E. Bisgaard of Holtville, California (whose uncle was C.C. Thompson), to the Bouse Chamber of Commerce for $1,000. The price was split between the Bouse Chamber and the community members who pledged $10 a month.


Greg Upton and Cliff O'Niell contacted the Arizona State Parks Board for a grant to restore the old Assay Office building in 1991. When restoration was completed, the Bouse Chamber of Commerce opened the building to the public as a Museum. Many documents and photographs of Early Bouse are housed in the Museum. It also houses a model of Gizmo and other artifacts from Camp Bouse. It is open three days a week throughout the winter season and can be seen at other times by appointment.

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