Desert Well Station

Desert Well (or Wells) Station was a relay station on the Overland Mail & Stage Route after July 1861 (though it may have been established as early as the 1850s along the California Emigrant Trail). The Pony Express also stopped here during its last months of existence. It later took the name Nelson's. Mark Twain mentioned Desert Well in his book "Roughing It", where he tells of camping overnight with two companions during a terrible blizzard, only to realize in the morning they were mere steps from the station.

Ruins of the station remained until 1997, when they were unceremoniously bulldozed by a developer to make way for housing. A State Historic Marker commemorates the site, and even states that remains are still to be found, but today a manufactured home stands at the site.