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“Hard to Describe, but a Pity to Miss” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cabot's Pueblo Museum

Cabot's Pueblo Museum
67616 E. Desert View Avenue, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
760-329-7610
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: The structure is hand-made, created from reclaimed and found objects. The Pueblo is four-stories, 5,000 square feet and includes 35 rooms, 150 windows and 65 doors. Visitors will notice many unique features: including windows and doors collected and reassembled from abandoned homesteads, old telephone poles, buck board wagon parts and many other materials used creatively.On the guided tour, visitors journey through the life of Cabot Yerxa and his family including artifacts collected from their adventures dating back over 100 years. Hear his story from the Dakota Territory to Mexico, Cuba, Alaska, France, throughout California and the Southwest, including the founding of Desert Hot Springs, California.
Cathedral City, CA
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“Hard to Describe, but a Pity to Miss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This magnificent pueblo-style 5,000 square-foot building with 35 rooms, 150 windows and 65 doors was built almost single-handed by Cabot Yerxa who was 56 years old when he began it in 1941. Having no money, he combed the desert for found materials the sizes of which determined the size of each additional room. With no engineering or architectural training, he created this eccentric masterpiece that is now in the National Register of Historic Places and operated as a museum in partnership with the City of Desert Hot Springs. The museum houses hundreds of artifacts that Yerxa collected during his extraordinary life, starting in 1913 at age 15 when he took off for the Alaska Gold Rush, later started a business in Cuba, attended art school in Paris and served as an aide to Dwight D. Eisenhower when Eisenhower was a mid-level officer in World War I, leading to the formal invitation to Eisenhower's inauguration as President, on display at the Museum. Only in fiction have I heard of a life so varied, accomplished and self-driven. And so this Museum is not only an amazing and beautiful thing in its own right, but also the record of an extraordinary life. And do take the guided tour - the guides are excellent and the history you'll learn will inspire and awe you. Guaranteed!!!

Visited January 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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“A Unique Trip Worth Seeing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Fascinating man, who lived a remarkable life. A tour will give you the history of his life and his importance to the city with the worlds best tasting water! Yes, that's the Worlds Best Tasting Water!

Visited October 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Fascinating Tour through a Pioneer's Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

An overlooked attraction in the Coachella Valley is the imaginative 35-room adobe house in Desert Hot Springs. Known as the Cabot Pueblo Museum, this historic home (5000 square feet) was built 1921-1945 from scavenged materials by Cabot Abram Yerxa, an ingenious and resourceful man who as a boy was fascinated with Hopi adobe architecture. Take the fascinating one-hour guided tour through this adobe house. Cabot's life was as interesting as his house is: he was an adventurous, enterprising young man whose journeys took him to Alaska during the Gold Rush, Seattle, Cuba, and Paris, where he studied painting. The pueblo-style home is located at the top of Desert Hot Springs with a good view of the Coachella Valley. It is an attraction that should not be missed. Judy was our excellent guide.

Visited December 2013
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Apex, North Carolina
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“Super Attraction To Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

We found this attraction listed in local newspaper for the Palm Springs/Cathedral City Area. Reading the ad inspired us to make a visit to the site. It was well worth the visit and I would highly recommend. The life story of Cabot and his building of the pueblo was extremely interesting and definitely book the tour of the facility - so many interesting facts. The facility and grounds itself are interesting but without the tour you miss many important details. Take the time and spend the money for the tour! Also, the gift facility has some of the best hand made items for purchase from
local artists. Enjoy - especially good for adults.

Visited December 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Historical with a great story”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

This museum was once house to Cabot Yerxa's home which he built with only found items. Modeled after a native american pueblo, the home is a testament to pioneer homesteading and the Yerxa family. We spent a good 2 hours there and could have spent longer, but another two was waiting. The docents are really good and have great backstories and knowledge about the home and the items on display.You will be impressed. It really made us want to go back to try the hot springs! Never knew this existed. One of those small town miracles.

Visited November 2013
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