The Desert Queen Well – A windmill water pump at Joshua Tree
The Desert Queen Well is located along the trail that will take you to the Wall Street Mill. The well excavated by William Morgan at 1908.
Because of there is and was no spring or flowing water around , water had to be pumped from the 116-foot-deep well. Morgan erected the windmill and brought in the water tank, which at one time sat upon a wood frame structure. He developed the site to use the water in connection with the Desert Queen Mine operation.
In addition to providing domestic water for the Desert Queen and surrounding mines, the well served as a public watering place for many years. C.O. Barker and Bill Keys used it for watering their livestock.
It’s been a long time since this old windmill pumped any water from the desert’s depths, but it’s still in place. It’s a valuable piece of Joshua Tree history. It helped quench the thirst of many over the years and today serves as a photogenic landmark on a great desert trail.