Friday, October 2, 2015

Wellton (Well Town)


Along Interstate 8 in Arizona, and 29 miles east of Yuma, sits the settlement of Wellton.  This small town is chalked full of businesses, services, recreation, and an easy-going way of life.  They have a large RV park for all their winter visitors and retirees.

Wellton was established in 1878 and was first known as “Well Town”.  The name came from the “time water wells” which were created to provide water for the Southern Pacific Railroad.  There was a need for these water stations by the employees of the Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoaches.  The community grew out of necessity by people such as the Tacna and Wellton families. They offered water for the steam engine trains from their water stations. 


Today, the trains still run through Wellton where they are cared for and where agriculture is the main source of income for those living there.  Like many small towns, we were able to do some urban exploring.





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