The Barton's Well

The Barton's Well (HM1SHZ)

Location: Bluff, UT 84512 San Juan County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 17.01', W 109° 33.198'

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Upon the pioneers' arrival in the Bluff valley, water for cooking and drinking was carried from the San Juan River. According to Mary Mackelprang Jones, water from the San Juan "O was so hard and muddy cottonwood ashes were put in it to stand overnight, thus cleaning and settling it for morning use."
Within weeks, wells were dug where water was found at depths of 16 to 20 feet. A large well in he center of the fort initially supplied culinary water for all. As the pioneers moved from the fort, wells were dug on each town lot.
In 1906 an artesian well was drilled east of town. By 1908 water lines from the artesian well were delivering culinary water throughout Bluff.
When restoration work began on this site, this well was just a depression in the ground. Excavation revealed the original stone walls of the well. For safety reasons, the well has not been excavated to its original depth.
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HM NumberHM1SHZ
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 628245 N 4127303
Decimal Degrees37.28350000, -109.55330000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 17.01', W 109° 33.198'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 17' 0.6" N, 109° 33' 11.88" W
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Area Code(s)435
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5th E, Bluff UT 84512, US
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