Jaeger City or Jaegerville, was a former settlement in what is now Imperial County, California, at Jaeger's Ferry on the Colorado River a mile downstream from Fort Yuma. It was named for L. J. F. Jaeger who ran the ferry there from 1851.
Jaeger City, then in San Diego County, California was the first and largest settlement near the fort until 1862. It began as a stockade for defense of the ferry and its operators against the Quechan, and a collection of tents. It was a station of the San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line from 1857 to 1860. At its height it consisted of the Fort Yuma Station of the Butterfield Overland Mail and its local office, a hotel, two blacksmiths, two stores and other dwellings. Colorado City begun in 1853 lay across the river and Arizona City lay a mile above it across from Fort Yuma.
Jaeger City was destroyed, along with Colorado City across the river, in the Great Flood of 1862. Jaeger City was never rebuilt. Jaeger's Ferry was rebuilt and Colorado City also, on higher ground as part of Arizona City, later renamed Yuma, Arizona in 1873, and the ferry relocated there across from the fort.
The site today
The site is located southeast of Winterhaven, California. All trace of the settlement has been washed away by the flooding of the river since 1862.
Coordinates: 32°43′52″N 114°37′47″W / 32.73111°N 114.62972°W
Butterfield Overland Mail 2nd Division Stations
- Los Angeles – Located 12 miles southeast of Cahuenga Station in the pueblo of Los Angeles. The 2nd Division headquarters was in a brick building, consisting of an office, blacksmith shop, stables and sheds.
- Monte – Located 13 miles east of Los Angeles.
- Rancho San Jose – Located 12 miles east of Monte in present-day Pomona.
- Rancho Santa Ana del Chino – Located 12 miles southeast of Rancho San Jose.
- Temescal Station – Located 20 miles southeast of Rancho Santa Ana del Chino.
- Laguna Grande Station – Located 10 miles southeast of Temescal Station, near present-day Lake Elsinore.
- Alamos or Willow Springs Station – a later station, 11 miles south of Laguna Grande Station.
- Temecula Station – Located 21 miles southeast of Laguna Grande Station.
- Tejungo Station – Located 14 miles east of Temecula Station, near Aguanga
- Oak Grove Stage Station – Located 12 miles southeast of Tejungo Station.
- Warner's Ranch – Located 10 miles southeast of Oak Grove Station.
- San Felipe Station – Located 10 miles southeast of Warner's Ranch, northwest of nearby Scissors Crossing.
- Vallecito Station – Located 18 miles southeast of San Felipe Station.
- Palm Spring Station – Located 9 miles southeast of Vallecito Station at Palm Spring.
- Carrizo Creek Station – Located 9 miles east southeast of Palm Spring Station.
- Sackett's Wells – a later station, located 171⁄2 miles east southeast of Carrizo Creek Station, 15 miles west northwest of Indian Wells.
- Indian Wells Station – Located 32 miles southeast of Carisso Creek, near present day Heber, no water except at station.
- New River Station – a later station, located 15 miles southeast of Indian Wells Station, in Baja California, 14 miles west of Alamo Mocho Station, in present day Mexicali.
- Alamo Mocho Station – Located south of the Mexican border in Baja California, 38 miles east of Indian Wells Station, no water except at station.
- Gardner's Wells Station – a later station, located south of the Mexican border in Baja California, 9 miles east of Alamo Mocho and 9 miles west of Seven Wells.
- Salt or Seven Wells – a later well, located south of the Mexican border in Baja California, 18 miles east of Alamo Mucho.
- Cooke's Wells Station – Located south of the Mexican border in Baja California, 22 miles east of Alamo Mocho Station, no water except at station.
- Pilot Knob Station – Located 18 miles east of Cooke's Wells.
- Fort Yuma Station – Located 10 miles east of Pilot Knob Station.
Source: "List of Butterfield Overland Mail Stations "Itinerary of the Route"". New York Times. October 14, 1858. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F20A10F93A551B7493C6A8178BD95F4C8584F9.