Monday, August 5, 2013
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.
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.