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Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

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Cabot’s Pueblo Museum preserves the rugged frontier spirit of the pioneer days in the Coachella Valley.  It also preserves the history of the life of Cabot Yerxa. His was a life of astonishing adventure, travel, long work and individualism.

The pueblo-style architecture of the museum is inspired by Native American and Spanish influences. It showcases the artistic and cultural heritage of the desert region. The museum is surrounded by a beautiful desert landscape, providing visitors with a serene and picturesque backdrop.

Inside the museum, you can explore the various rooms and exhibits that showcase the rich history and artistry of the area. There are displays of Native American artifacts, traditional artwork, and historical photographs that offer insights into the past. One of the highlights of the museum is the Hopi House, which features a collection of pottery, baskets, and textiles from the Hopi tribe.

You can also learn about Cabot Yerxa’s life and adventures through guided tours. These tours take you through his living quarters, workshops, and even underground chambers. The tour guides provide fascinating stories and information about Cabot’s life and the construction of the pueblo.

In addition to the museum, there are beautiful gardens and outdoor spaces where you can relax and enjoy the desert ambiance. The museum hosts various cultural events, workshops, and exhibitions throughout the year, offering visitors an immersive experience.

Cabot’s Pueblo Museum is not only a historical treasure but also a testament to the creativity and resilience of its creator. It provides a unique glimpse into the cultural heritage of the desert region and is a must-visit attraction for history enthusiasts, art lovers, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the area’s history.

Cabot Yerxa – The Man

Cabot Yerxa was an incredible man who led a life of adventure. Born June 11, 1883, Cabot lived throughout the United States from New York to Alaska to California. He traveled the world including Europe, Cuba, and South America. He was a businessman, artist, and human rights activist with a special focus on the legal, economic, and cultural crisis facing Native American tribes.

In October 1913, at the age of 30, Cabot arrived in the Coachella Valley and began his homesteading journey with 160 acres in Desert Hot Springs. In need of water, he dug a well near his home and discovered hot mineral water right outside his door. 600 yards away he dug another well and discovered the pure cold water of the Mission Springs Aquifer. The two wells, one hot and one cold, led Cabot to name his homestead Miracle Hill. In 1941 he began building the Pueblo in its current location using materials from his original home. He worked on this home and museum until his death in 1965.

Cabot was an active artist and art collector. He built the Pueblo as a museum with the intention of displaying his impressive collection of Native American art and artifacts as well as souvenirs of his travels and his own works of art. Cabot is one of the three men who are credited with the founding of the city of Desert Hot Springs. He saw the area’s potential upon his arrival in 1913 and worked with other businessmen and entrepreneurs to develop the city. He was often referred to as “Mr. Desert Hot Springs.”

exterior of Cabot's Museum

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