Near Blythe in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Erected 1985 by Billy Holcomb Chapter E.C.V. and Erin Port, Palo Verde Historical Society. (Marker Number 11.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
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. 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. Touch for map Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 390th Bomb Group (H) (approx. 10.8 miles away); Camp Gaston (approx. 15.6 miles away); Taylor's Ferry (approx. 15.6 miles away).
More about this 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
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