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Cabot's Pueblo Museum
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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.
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Our guide was very knowledgeable on the museum and also knew a lot of the history of the area. This made for a very interesting guided tour. If you have not been to see this before it is certainly worth at least one visit.

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

I am not that keen on wandering around art galleries and museums when I can be out of doors, especially in warm weather. Unless of course it is a unique museum or the museum is outdoors, like Cabot’s Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs. A former homestead, it is now one of the town’s main attractions.

The Pueblo design is from Hopi Indian traditional designs and was built using reclaimed or recycled materials. There is a guided tour available but there did not seem to be anyone on hand when I was there, so I contented myself walking around the grounds. Cabot Yerxa was an early homesteader in Desert Hot Springs. Right from the start he got into hot water. He was actually digging a well for cold water but discovered the warm spring water which would later provide the reason for people to come to enjoy the mineral spas which can be found in all the major resorts and hotels. He started building his pueblo home in 1939 and although it was abandoned after his death in 1965, a businessman bought it and maintained it and then his family donated it to the city.

The large carved Indian’s name is Waokiye” (Yoh kee ay), and it means “Traditional Helper” in the Lakota Sioux language. It was fascinating to wander through the little trails around the property, admiring the old doors and windows and rusty relics from over 70 years ago.

1  Thank Belltownboy
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

This is a truly unique home built by an American adventurer and painter. Raised on an Indian Reservation in the Dakota territories, he tried his luck in the Yukon gold rush and became a successful businessman in Alaska. He returned to the California and served in WW1 and then went on to study painting in Paris and traveling to South America. He homesteaded land in Desert Hot Springs, and eventually discovered hot and cold springs there and was responsible for the area becoming a tourist destination. He built an unusual pueblo with 35 rooms from materials found in the area. Quite an accomplishment! it is a must see. Thanks to a few local Desert Hot Spring Residents, this museum was saved for future generations who pass thru this area.
Our grandchildren and daughter, as well as my husband and myself, found the docent led tour a highlight of our vacation in the California desert.

Thank travelingrm
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Let the docent fill youin on the history of the man who probably used the area's hot water first. Mr. Cabot left many curios behind. His wife's dressing room and closet are in hideaway upstairs spot. The place is incredibly cool because of its unique construction. Worth a visit!

1  Thank Nancy C
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

A quirky little place - a bit of an architectural curiosity, but we actually learned a lot more about the history of desert hot spring (that was quite fascinating) than expected. Even though I have been out there many times never realized that desert hot springs sits at the meeting of the two tectonic plaes, the hot water springs coming from one, the cool from another.

1  Thank Andrew G
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