Desert Wells Stage Stop is a quiet little area great for a picnic and a history lesson.
The San Tan Historical Society clams the ruin as a historical site. It is located on the northeast side of Chandler Heights Road and Sossaman Road in Queen Creek, Arizona. If you fly into Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and want to view this piece of history it is only 5 miles down the road.
Ruins of the Desert Wells Stage Stop
The ruins are fenced off; therefore you can’t go into the ruins. There is a very nice bench with a shade. It was built as an Eagle Scout Project by Will Craghead in 2007.
There are no restrooms.
There is parking. Elevation is 1,370 ft per Maricopa Country Parks.
This location is part of the Maricopa Trail.
Per the onsite signage, Sylvester Andrada and Jose Barragan the landowners from 1868-69. Did they keep trees for shade? Did they think about planting or watering the trees to increase the shade? In addition to shade did they consider making sure water would be available? How far forward did they plan?
As I sat in the shade on the bench, in late May around 11 am with 103 degrees Fahrenheit, I thought what it would be like to drive cattle over this area in the 1860s. Within 2 hours the temperature was up to 112 degrees Fahrenheit. What happened if the well went dry? If the well was dry when they arrived did they rest or keep moving forward? I was grateful to get into my air-conditioned car and head to an air-conditioned building.
This area has many horse properties and horse trails. Therefore seeing a spot to tie up your horses is normal. During the cooler months, many people will ride their horses to this spot.
Town of Queen Creek Historical Site
This is a watering stop of the Arizona Stage Company livestock until 1916. The 114’ deep well held an average of 14’ of water. The water was pumped to the stone tank by a small traction engine and pump per the signs on site.
Desert Wells Stage Stop, Queen Creek, Arizona
There are many signs with additional details about the location. It is fascinating to learn what took place back in time.
Do you think in 1868 you could handle the heat and running cattle?