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Near Blythe in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Wiley Well

 
 
Wiley Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 26, 2010
1. Wiley Well Marker
This is a County of Riverside Historical Marker
Inscription. A.P. Wiley, storekeeper and postmaster at Palo Verde, financed miners to prospect this area early in the1900s. He also financed the first well, approximately 9 miles southerly of here, it was used and maintained for years by prospectors and cattlemen, serving also the wagon and early automobile routes connecting Palo Verde Valley, Dos Palmas and Niland.
 
Erected 1985 by Billy Holcomb Chapter E.C.V. and Erin Port, Palo Verde Historical Society. (Marker Number 11.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 33° 36.595′ N, 114° 54.015′ W. Marker is near Blythe, California, in Riverside County. Marker can be reached from Wiley Well Road 0.1 miles north of Interstate 10. Click for map. This Plaque is located in the Wiley Well Rest Area at the east end of the automobile parking lot. The Wiley Well Rest Area is about 14 miles west of Blythe on westbound I-10 at the Wiley Road intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Blythe CA 92225, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 390th Bomb Group (H) (approx. 10.8 miles away); Fort Gaston (approx. 15.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker.
Wiley Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 26, 2010
2. Wiley Well Marker
The well was "out in the middle of nowhere" and a life saver for many. Noted desert writer James Smeaton Chase traversed the Colorado Desert during the years 1916-1918 to gain a better experience with it. Chase was warned when heading west from Blythe that about 60' of roper was needed to reach water at the well and he only had 40'. He obtained the extra rope and all was "well". A Clampout in October 1975 was convened to erect a monument here. Technical difficulties prevented the Plaque from being erected.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Wiley Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 26, 2010
3. Wiley Well Marker
Old Wiley Well image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, March 16, 2013
4. Old Wiley Well
Old Wiley Well dug by hand to 40 ft. 1907
Old Wiley Well image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, March 16, 2013
5. Old Wiley Well
Old Wiley Well dug by hand to 40 ft. 1907
 
 
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