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Bluff in San Juan County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Barton's Well

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, May 18, 2016
1. The Barton's Well Marker
Inscription. Upon the pioneers' arrival in the Bluff valley, water for cooking and drinking was carried from the San Juan River. According to Mary Mackelprang Jones, water from the San Juan “O was so hard and muddy cottonwood ashes were put in it to stand overnight, thus cleaning and settling it for morning use.”
Within weeks, wells were dug where water was found at depths of 16 to 20 feet. A large well in he center of the fort initially supplied culinary water for all. As the pioneers moved from the fort, wells were dug on each town lot.
In 1906 an artesian well was drilled east of town. By 1908 water lines from the artesian well were delivering culinary water throughout Bluff.
When restoration work began on this site, this well was just a depression in the ground. Excavation revealed the original stone walls of the well. For safety reasons, the well has not been excavated to its original depth.
 
Location. 37° 17.01′ N, 109° 33.198′ W. Marker is in Bluff, Utah, in San Juan County. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Bluff Fort Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 East Black Locust Avenue, Bluff UT 84512, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Amasa Barton's Blacksmith Shop
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By Bill Kirchner, May 18, 2016
2. The Barton's Well Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Parley R. & Ency Camilla (Bayles) Butt (within shouting distance of this marker); Kumen Jones Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Josephine Catherine Chatterley Wood (within shouting distance of this marker); The Co-op Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Jens House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The San Juan Mission (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hobbs Wash (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bluff.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
 
The Barton's Well image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 18, 2016
3. The Barton's Well
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 4, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 4, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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