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Wellton, Arizona

Posted by graywacke on January 28, 2009

If this is your first time here, you’ll need to go to “About Landing” to have a clue . . .

Dan –  Oh man.  Yesterday, I landed in AZ, a solid WBer.  What are the odds of doing it again?  Well, whatever they are, I landed in . . .  . AZ; 69/61; 5/10; 8; 167.1. 

For the second time, I landed in the Coyote Wash watershed (not yesterday, but about 3.5 years ago), on to the Gila (29th hit, tied for 18th place on my rivers list with the mighty Tennessee); and then, of course, on to the Colorado.

I landed south of Wellton.  Here’s a map:


Here’s a broader view:


Back on August 19th, 2005, I landed just about two miles away (as mentioned above, also in the Coyote Wash watershed); note that this landing was before I started saving the lat/long markers on my StreetAtlas map.

So, it turns out that Wellton is more-or-less one of those late 20th century / 21st century kind of towns.  It was probably pretty sleepy for most of the 20th century, but then was discovered by real estate types (especially those pandering to the older set).  Here’s a little history:

Wellton, founded in 1878 and incorporated in 1970, lies 29 miles east of Yuma, Arizona.  It is a center for business, services, and recreation for more than 5,000 residents in the valley and the surrounding area.  Winter and retired residents contribute mightily to the local economy.

Wellton (originally Well Town) was named for the time water wells were drilled to service the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Here’s a picture of the Coyote Wash Golf Course (and condo development):


Now this is more like it . . . here’s a picture of Wellton back-in-the-day.  Not much contrast with the above phot, eh?


Here’s a beautiful rainbow outside of Wellton:


I stumbled on a rather compelling on-line short story, which is about a 19th– century type of frontier bad guy who lived along the Coyote Wash, not far from where it flows to the Gila River (remarkably close to my landing).  The story is called “The Demons of Coyote Wash,” by Frederick Boling:


Take a look at my landing map above, and then click HERE if you want to read the story.  I recommend it.  (Remember, use ctrl+link if you want to keep this window open  . . .)



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