Sackett's Lost Wells
This places the site on the West Mesa in Imperial County, California on a section of the old wagon road that served as the main route between Yuma, Arizona and Los Angeles. It is likely, that sometime in the 1870s a more direct road was established between the two, and that this segment of the old road up Coyote Wash was abandoned.
Those traveling across the desert by foot, horse, or wagon knew that water could be obtained here as early as the 1850s. Parker cites a number of luminaries who camped at the wells during this ten year period. The list includes: John Russell Bartlett of the 1852 International Boundary Commission; Colonel James H. Carleton, heading the California Volunteers on their march to Arizona Territory in 1862, mentions the well by name; the famous railroad survey party on their search for a southern transcontinental railroad route; and in 1856, government surveyor R.C. Mathewson noted in his official survey log, "the celebrated Sackett's Wells".
The Butterfield Overland Mail Company established a station here in 1858 consisting of an adobe building with a corral attached. The company ran a scheduled stagecoach service from St. Louis to San Francisco as well as providing transcontinental mail delivery. The service was discontinued during the Civil War.
I spent an afternoon in the Spring of 1974 looking for the site and following Jennings' directions without success, but, of course, I didn't have a GPS to guide me at that time. I plan to go back someday with my Garmin 12. If Jennings' coordinates are correct, I should be able to drive right up to the site.
And by the way, if you happen to be down that way with a GPS and USGS 7.5 Plaster City map, take a side trip up Coyote Wash and try your luck. And if you find it, or any evidence of it, please send old Dusty a photograph.