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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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Cabot was really the founder of DHS - he was one of the original homesteaders and he kept coming back. Be sure to check their website for tour times. You can only go in when on a guided tour.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank Phil T
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
66 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Yerxa's Masterpiece”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

In the middle of the desert, by springs of hot and cold water, Cabot Yerxa built a pueblo from materials he found in many places. In this pueblo are artifacts from his many journeys that took him to Alaska, China and over the world. He was an entrepreneur of the first water and made his money in the beginning selling cigars in Alaska.
The pueblo is four stories high, is 5,000 square feet and has 35 rooms, 150 windows and 65 doors. Much of the pueblo is made from adobe style and sun-dried bricks that Cabot made himself in the courtyard.
There are stairs in the building but they are very narrow and even I had to turn a little to get up them. The building is an amazing edifice and has so many different things to see, hidden away in niches. The only thing I was sorry about was that I couldn't take pictures in the house itself. Everything outside is definitely a photo op. Cabot kept building on the structure until his death in 1965 at the age of 81.
This is a DEFINITE must see for those who visit the desert. I heartily recommend it to everyone.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Hannibaldiva
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Thousand Oaks
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A Desert Gem,”
Reviewed 4 June 2014 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

This unique museum is a relatively unknown, not-meant-to-be-kept secret located in Desert Hot Springs, just a 20 or 30 minute drive from the Palm Springs - Palm Desert communities. It's an amazing outdoor museum with an equally amazing indoor touring part that isn't like anything you've ever before seen. And the art-gift shop is not to be missed, which features local Native American creations and a wonderful selection of fascinating and colorful
Oaxaca carvings. The museum is actually a creation of a single individual, who built the structures with desert flotsam and jetsam collected and fashioned into inhabitable space both practical for living and for reflecting his love of life and nature. Finding this unusual attraction is like finding an oasis in this desert area. And as is true of oasis, visitors are treated with a bottle of very refreshing water to enjoy as they wander about one of the most unusual places you'll find anywhere.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank Glenn H
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Greensboro, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Do the tour and learn about this amazing man”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

My husband and I love all things desert. Here in the USA and in many other countries. We try to take advantage of any opportunity afforded us to learn about the history and people of any given desert. Cabot's Pueblo Museum proved to be a wealth of information and fascination. Yes it does cost $11.00 per person but it is so very worth it!

On our visit we were lucky and go into the last your of the day. Michael our docent spent over an hour telling us about how Cabot traveled the US and France. How he had a dream of his own pueblo style home and how it finally became true.

It is a roller coaster story of wealth, poverty, love and heart ache. Hours of labor in the hot desert sun. Finding the now famous Hot Springs and being reunited with a loved one.

Cabot Yerxa, the father of Desert Hot Spings!

Visited April 2014
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Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Learn how Spa City came to be”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

This is the place to learn how dry, sandy desert became the spa city it is today. In 1914 Cabot Yerxa walked 7 miles each way for water. The hot and cold water wells he developed started Desert Hot Springs (DHS). A video, maps & photos and a guided tour give the history of the founding of DHS. I thoroughly enjoyed the museum and desert garden. These are free. The interior of the pueblo is only accessible on a guided tour $11. The adventures of the quite unique founder of DHS and his appreciation of the Native Americans are explained during this tour. Cabot's building materials were all gathered from items discarded throughout the desert. He recycled them into his home, modeled after an Indian Pueblo. Check before going: only open on certain days.

Visited April 2014
Thank Clark H
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