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Adobe Wall in Winterhaven a pit stop before Plank Road?

I was doing research on Imperial Sand Dunes and the Old Plank Road and I came across a photograph about an adobe building that can be spotted from Interstate 8 from Yuma going West to Imperial Sand Dunes. I have been on the phone All day. I first called the court in Winterhaven because there was no number to the city, and they directed me to the Winterhaven Sheriffs Office. I called the Sheriffs office  that said they had no city council and no city office. Winterhaven is just an undeclared town I guess, and they directed me to the local Tribal Office and I was transferred to several departments. Finally I was directed to the BLM office. I have not been called back about the mysterious wall. Why am I so concerned about this wall in the middle of no where? The photo I had found said that this was a Stage coach exchange. A place where you could go and exchange your tired horses. It peaked my interest because of the Old Plank Road. Old Plank Road was a road constructed out of planks that went across the Imperial Sand Dunes and helped paved the road for the firsts OHVs who at the time were the stage coach buggy’s  After going to the location and taking as many pictures as I could, someone made a joke about the wall. The wall was made of adobe, mud, small pebbles, and hay. Their comment was ” I can’t belive this wall is still up if it was a stage coach exchange, then again, it never rains in Yuma. ” I hope than I could find the answer to this mystery soon. I thought the Yuma Historical Society would have some information for me but I might have gotten an old number. So until I have more info check out these pics JET RENT FLICKR


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  • Jean St. Peter
    May 17, 2014, 5:47 pm REPLY

    Hi there, (Is this Veronica?)
    I was just reading your story about the adobe wall. You might try Tina Clark (previous town historian) she would be a good source. Her email is Tina.Clark@YumaAz.gov or her office number is 373-5194.


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