Welcome to the Quartzsite Historical Society
Tyson's Well Stage Station Museum.
The original adobe stage station was built in 1866 by Charley
Tyson at its present location. It was an important way station on the
California-Arizona line because of excellent water and grass for the horses.
Miners and freighters, hauling mining equipment and military supplies
from the river port at Ehrenberg, to the Territorial Capital at Prescott,
also stopped here. Accommodations were primitive at best.
The Quartzsite Historical Society opened Tyson's Well Museum in February 1980, after extensive restoration work. The original
structurally sound walls were retained and others were rebuilt. A shell
of stabilized adobe brick was built around the original walls to protect
them. Artifacts were gathered from interested citizens, as well as photographs
and old mining equipment. When the building was finished, these articles
were placed inside as well as outside the building.. The dirt floor in
one of the rooms was maintained for authenticity. The ceiling of the main
room consists of saguaro ribs. And the original fireplace is still in
use during the winter. Outside in the yard is the original assay shack
from the Mariquita Mine, which offers a peek into the everyday life of
the miners. Also, in the yard is the handiwork of Walter Barrett. A little
village of cement and stone houses built during his retirement and donated
to the museum. Just to the west of the Museum are the ruins of the Oasis
Hotel, this is our next restoration project, with fundraising currently
We invite you to stop and visit and learn a little more about Quartzsite, Arizona and the interesting folks who call it home.
We are located at 161 W. Main St.
Nov - Mar
Wed - Sun
10am - 4 pm
More info call Museum
or by appointment
(parking in back)
Free Admission !!
was supported with funds granted by the Arizona State Library, Archives
and Public Records Agency under the Library Services and Technology Act,
which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services..
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