Lanfair Buttes aka Indian Well

lanfairbutte1-002  In the central Lanfair Valley (CA) is an area called Lanfair Buttes.  Within the buttes is a natural well now called Indian Well.  The well is the central point for a petroglyph site called Lanfair Butte or Indian Well.  The “water well” was one of the few places to obtain water on this trade route that was used by the Chemehuevi, Mojave, and the people that occupied the area before them. lanfairbutte1-003 lanfairbutte1-004 lanfairbutte1-005
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lanfairbutte1-165 lanfairbutte1-166 lanfairbutte1-066  The well is located roughly at the base of the hill near the center of the petroglyph site.  The well measures about 4’ x 4’ x 20’ deep and appears to be man made when you look down into it.  The story is however, that it’s a natural well and was formed by slipping and natural faulting.  If this is accurate then it has probably looked the same way for a thousand years. lanfairbutte1-168
lanfairbutte1-059 lanfairbutte1-169  During the wet times of the year I was told that water does flow into the well and can be seen at the bottom. lanfairbutte1-169b lanfairbutte1-167  There are three stones near the well with old graffiti from 1912.
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lanfairbutte1-177 lanfairbutte1-178  Next to where they carved their names and date is a very worn petroglyph. lanfairbutte1-171 lanfairbutte1-172
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