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“Fascinating Tour through a Pioneer's Home”

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.
Vancouver, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Fascinating Tour through a Pioneer's Home”
Reviewed December 19, 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
Thank Daniel K
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English first
Apex, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
336 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Super Attraction To Visit”
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
Thank Burtdol
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Tucson, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Historical with a great story”
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
Thank AnnieWocka
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Orange County, California
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good historical site, see at least once”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

It was interesting to see this. They are in the process of restoring damaged areas. There is an interesting history to Cabot and his buildings. It's good to go see it at least once. Kids 7-12 would probably enjoy it. Tip: Go early morning in hot weather as only the gift shop has AC.

Visited May 2013
Thank Michelle P
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Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“An amazing desert story”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

We took the tour of this interesting place and thoroughly enjoyed the docent's stories. Cabot was one of those pioneers who showed great spirit and adventure. The garden was also worth the walk to see the large variety of cacti and implements put to creative use.

Visited October 2013
Thank VancouverCyd
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