Monday, August 5, 2013

Cabot's Pueblo


Cabot's Pueblo is located in Desert Hot Springs California and is the work of Cabot Yerxa, a man described with many adjectives among them visionary, artist, writer, collector, adventurer, and idealist.  After traveling the world and studying in Paris, he homesteaded 160 acres of land in what is now Desert Hot Springs California.  He was 30 years old at that time.  Desperate for water, he hand dug a well using a pick and shovel and discovered the now famous hot springs that endowed the future city with its name.

In 1941 he began building his Hopi-inspired Pueblo using re-purposed materials most of which he found discarded in the surrounding desert.















He continued working on this project until his death in 1965 at the age of 81.  A remarkable man, he was an activist with a special concern for the legal rights and cultural issues facing Native Americans.

Cabot's Pueblo is now a museum honoring the man and his vision and is open for exploration and tours.  I visited in August, not the best time to visit Desert Hot Springs as I'm pretty sure it was even hotter there than it was in Phoenix.  In spite of that, I enjoyed the visit and found the place very interesting.  I have a lot of admiration for these men and women who came before us and have left legacies that inspire wonderment and delight.

8 comments:

Thérèse said...

Nothing to compare with Mr Gulley and his mystery castle but still...
The same as for you I have a lot of admiration for the ones who leave behind such self made habitation.

Lowell said...

I've not heard of this place before. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos and for your great commentary. Amazing! I shall put it on my "bucket list" even if that list is getting very long and time is very short! :)

Judy said...

You have captured the essence of the place. I bet it was quite hot there in August.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

He travelled the world and studied in Paris, and then decided to homestead land in the desert. I wonder what he studied in Paris, as I doubt the course of study would prepare him for desert homesteading.

Karl Demetz said...

Never heard about Cabot's Pueblo, but judging from your photos it must be a very interesting place.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

New to me, too, Sharon, but you have a knack for finding these mysterious places.

JM said...

This is fabulous! Love it.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Like you I so admire the vision and skills of previous generations Sharon.. Beautifully shown here, looks soooo hot!