Araz Stage Station

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Tucked away in the southeastern corner of California, near the Arizona state line, is a reminder of days gone by, man if these walls could talk. Standing near the adobe walls I could easily imagine being back in the 1800’s, getting the change of horses ready, watching the passengers and listening to the stories of the drivers. Maybe even overhearing a dreaded conversation of outlaws and their escapades. This small patch of history is situated on the Quechan Reservation, and there is not much left. The roof is gone and about half the structure is left standing. The back wall appears to have had either two windows or two doorways at one time, but each have been filled in with adobe. the header for the doors are still in place. This stage stop is a place that is very accessible, and even though there is not much there, I really enjoyed it. Not much is known of this spot, it is thought that it was a ” changing ” station for horses on the Butterfield stage route. But according to Gerald T Ahnert’s book “Southern California Treasure Hunter’s Guide to Butterfield Stage Stations 1857-1879”: In 1932, the ruins of this station were still standing just north of the bend in the river. This was not a Butterfield station, and was established sometime after 1861.

If you’re headed to the Yuma area it is worth a side trip. Simply take the HWY 186 exit north and it is on the right side about 1 and 1/2 miles up.

The building is rather small and there is not much left, and of course, there is the obligatory graffiti, but at least it’s on the back wall.

 

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