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Cabot's Pueblo Museum

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Address: 67616 Desert View Ave, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240-4114
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+1 760-329-7610
09:00 - 16:00
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The structure is hand-made, created from reclaimed and found objects. The...

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.

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Interesting place

You can go on a guided tour of the inside and learn a lot about Xerxes Cabot and the history of this place. If you don't want to do the tour, which is a little long, you can enjoy... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Pacifica, CA
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Pacifica, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You can go on a guided tour of the inside and learn a lot about Xerxes Cabot and the history of this place. If you don't want to do the tour, which is a little long, you can enjoy the gift shop with Native American items and other crafty items, and books. You can walk around the grounds which has... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A very interesting bit of California desert history with Cabot's one man built vernacular architecture compound.

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Conroe, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

While vacationing in our RV in Palm Desert, my wife read about this place. I wasn't extremely interested in going to see it but did go. Wow! I was really surprised. The tour takes about an hour and it was never boring. The house is a very interesting structure and the story behind it is even more interesting. Tours are... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I last visited this place in the late '80's. What a difference some people with money can have on a place. At one point the city of DHS was going to bulldoze the whole thing. I mean, Cabot didn't exactly build a Hearst Castle type house. The rooms are tiny. One floor is dirt. What makes this place interesting are... More 

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited The Cabot Pueblo Museum as an extra credit assignment for an Art Class. I was super impressed by the rugged creativity the originator possessed in piecing this place together. Here you can learn about how he survived the harsh environment with whatever was available. I loved learning about the natural minerals that occur in the water which made... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our guide for the tour through the main house presented the rooms and was always trying to get us to think about making it fit into Cabot's life and his wife's. Each tour group is about 15 (tour guide counted as he said there wasn't enough room for any more). we walked around the property before the tour and watched... More 

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British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This place must be seen with the tour, which is well worth the money. The story of Cabot Yerxa (from its Dutch origin Jurcksen) is fascinating, and starts well before his settling in the desert. This project shows something of the amazing determination of the pioneers and their wives. This place is an historical gem.

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My sister and I had a great time visiting this museum as part of our stay in Desert Hot Springs. The museum was once the residence of Cabot Yerxa. The museum has 35 rooms, 150 windows and 65 doors built with many re-purposed materials he collected throughout the desert. It is a must-see when traveling in Desert Hot Springs.

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Claremont, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

We visited the museum though had not been aware that we could only see the inside of this quirky house without being on a tour. Their tours are limited to 12 people so plan ahead a bit. We needed to come back a different day for an hour tour but it was worth it. Mike who led the tour was... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

For anyone interested in the local history and desert architecture, this is a must see. Cabot's history is extremely interesting from the family's origins in Holland to being retail entrepreneurs in North Dakota, Minnesota to Seattle, to the gold rush in Nome Alaska to citrus farming in Riverside County to homesteading in the desert. There are many interesting artefacts and... More 

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