What Was the Desert Wells Stage Stop?
In Queen Creek, Arizona, three quarters of a mile south of Ocotillo Road, on the east side of Sossaman Road, is the site of the old Desert Wells Stage Stop. The pioneers described it as a simple one-room building, about 10 square feet square, constructed of rock with a mud and thatched roof.
There was a trough running around three of the sides used for watering the horses, a porch on the south side, and a well close by to fill the trough. It had one four-foot door on the south side, and small gun ports instead of windows. The stage stop was a resting area and water stop for the horses used by the stage that came from Florence via Olberg and continued through the gap in the San Tan Mountains and on to Mesa, Arizona. This stage route was in use in the late 1800s and early 1900s.