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“Well worth a visit”

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 February 11, 2014

The Most Interesting Man in the World is a character in an advertising campaign for Dos Equis beer, but I believe Cabot Yerxa is a good candidate for this title. He lived everywhere from Alaska to Cuba to Europe. He ran a grocery department as a child, later studied art in Paris, lived with Eskimos in Alaska and made a pueblo home in the California desert out of salvaged materials, working on it until his death at 81 years old. This is only a small amount of the highlights of his life. Visit the museum and learn more about this most interesting man. If you enjoy history, you'll like Cabot's Pueblo Museum.

Thank Kay7979
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

Great museum dedicated to an eccentric gentleman who had a very interesting life. Whether or not he was a great artist I will leave that to you to decide. I was lucky enough to be the only visitor and given a personal tour by a very nice young lady.

Thank Jonse
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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!!!

1  Thank blueskiff
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Reviewed December 20, 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!

1  Thank AgenTTomato
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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.

Thank Daniel K
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