Quartzsite Historical Society


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 peak 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 underway.

Recycling aluminum cans, yard sales, bazaars, slide shows, membership dues, book sales and donations raised money for the restorations. Fundraisers continue during the months the museum is open.


Lena Hernandez

Monday, June 11, 2018
Such a great little museum. They guy that gave us the tour was so funny and entertainment.

Janet Meyers

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
They have some interesting things at the museum about the past of quartzsite learned a few things.

trooper miles

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
If u have an interest in this history and procedures of extracting presious stones and gold then ur in the right place for sure . Quartsight is one of those places you might not take intrest in unless u take the time and effort into ur own experience. Some people just cant leave very unique place to see.

Lynn Stimson

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Did not realize the building had been used in some way or another for 150 year... Lots of good information about early mining in the area... Mining still goes on today... Only open on Thursday mornings in the summer...5 days a week in the season...

Douglas Owens

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
History buffs in the area it's a must stop