I love exploring the communities of the Greater Palm Springs Oasis. There are always so many fun and interesting places to go, people to meet, and things to do. One of my very favorites is a quick drive just a bit north of my place in Rancho Mirage to Cabot’s Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs. Most people know of this area for its incredible natural hot springs. But few know the story behind their discovery—and one of the early and more colorful settlers in the area.
In 1913, Cabot Yerxa named his property “Miracle Hill” after discovering both hot and cold springs on the land. By the ’50s, the surrounding area had been developed with many spas, and as a result, those who sought the waters for their perceived healing powers came in droves. In the meantime, Yerxa had begun building Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, an amazing structure that today is owned by the City of Desert Hot Springs. From the start it was used not only as the Cabot family home but as a trading post and museum that displayed memorabilia from Cabot’s extensive travels. Built entirely from found and salvaged materials gathered from the surrounding desert areas, it has 35 rooms in 5000 square feet, and contains 150 windows and 65 doors, no two of which are alike.
I love taking people to see this museum. It’s fascinating and beautiful. It’s quirky beyond words. And it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Kids love it. Adults are mesmerized. And it’s right in our own desert back yard. Go and be inspired.