Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Coyote Wells Bombing Target No. 103
US Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District History (1999)
The available information suggests that, in approximately 1945, the Eleventh Naval District acquired the approximately 646-acre Bomb Target #103 site (South 1/2 of Section 6 and the North 1/2 of Section 7 in Township 15 South, Range 11 East) from the Department of the Interior.

This site apparently was acquired for use as a high-altitude bombing target, and was located in unimproved, undeveloped, rough desert land.
Currently this site is under a proposed withdrawal by the Department of the Navy. According to a representative of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) , even though the paperwork has not been completely processed, BLM considers this property to be under the Navy's "jurisdiction" - i.e., the Navy is responsible for anything that happens in this area. BLM's Desert Access Guide #22 (November 1989) identifies the subject site as being included within "Target 103, Live Bombing Area," and has designated this area as closed to public access.

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