Bouse is an unincorporated community at an elevation of 700feet in western Arizona is becoming popular as a retirement and visitor center because of its mild winters. The community also is developing as a bedroom community for Parker, the county seat, and 27miles away along state Highway 72. Interstate 10 is 22 miles south. Bouse has abundant groundwater and large tracts of undeveloped land. Bouse was settled in 1906 and named Brayton for John Brayton Martin who kept the Brayton Commercial Company for the Harquahala Mine. However, when the postal application was filed in1907, postal officials picked up the applicant's name, Thomas Bouse, and the name Brayton faded into history.
Agriculture is a major contributor to the local economy, but the economy has also diversified to include eco- and historic tourism. Crowder-Weisser Cattle Co. still exists, but farming is mostly confined to the Purcell Jojoba Co. That firm has two large greenhouses for producing seedlings and about 1,000 acres under cultivation for jojoba bean production. Manufacturers include POR/DEL, Inc., which builds electronic parts, assembles electronic boards, and offers a variety of engineering support services. AZMET II produces flux, a key ingredient in the production of aluminum alloys. La Paz County recently entered a partnership with Browning-Ferris Industries, one of the nation’s largest environmental firms, to construct a federally approved landfill that will provide disposal services to the region. It will be served by the Arizona-California Railway, which provides freight service to Los Angeles and Phoenix. The annual influx of winter visitors doubles Bouse's population and usually fills the RV parks to capacity.
East of Bouse, 30 miles along a dirt road, is Swansea. Now a ghost town, Swansea was once a copper mining community of 750. Although the mine closed in 1924 and the town died, many remnants still exist. Twenty miles east of Bouse, in the remote Butler Valley, is Camp Bouse. This secret Army base was built during World War II to train men with a “new” tank designed for night warfare. Camp Bouse Ninth Tank Group Memorial was recently established on Highway 72 in Bouse. The Bouse Assay Office has been restored and opened as an information and tourist center.
Founders Day is celebrated in November. The Bouse Boosters hold both a Christmas Bazaar and Spring Fever Days. BOUSE