I had never heard of this place in my beautiful Mojave Desert...never heard about it until my farrier told me the story the other day. He has a friend who retired and became a ranger who took him out on many treks into the desert, including Government Holes well, which is now protected by the Mojave National Preserve. The story was intriguing and there is not much documentation on the internet that I can pull up regarding this little, if unknown saga, in Mojave history. The premise is copied below from a wiki article with a few artifact pictures. I don't know what year this was to have occurred.
The eastern Mojave folklore is that Government Holes is the site of the only fatal shoot-out in the eastern Mojave. It was apparently the sheep herders against the cattlemen. Any remains over 50 years old are considered archeological artifacts and are protected by law. An old-fashioned shootout at a well called Government Holes erupted that left two men dead. And some homesteaders resorted to cattle theft to put a good meal on the table. Eventually dry weather and poor land caused most homesteaders to leave the desert, leaving cattlemen again in control of the situation.