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 La Quinta Historical Society’s 1st Tour of the 2013-2014 Season

Cabot Museum Tour & Lunch at Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort

Date:  1/20/2014 Time: 8:30-3:30 PM

Meeting Place La Quinta Museum

Cost:  $70.00 Members or $75.00 Non- Members 
For more information please call 760-564-1238  

To visit this Museum is to be inspired, to be amazed and to be fascinated by the realms of the possibilities that the mind can conjure. Cabot Yerxa, a man of Dutch descent, went on an adventurous life journey and left behind a legacy.

He lived and traveled all over Cuba, Alaska, and Mexico and Europe and studied art at the Academy Julian in Paris, France.  He settled down in the desert by Desert Hot Springs, and homesteaded an area of 160 acres in 1913, aged thirty.

Yerxa discovered hot springs and cold well water in that area. One day in 1913 when he was homesteading, he dug into the side of the hill and found hot springs! Then, digging on the other side of the hill, cold water came rushing out. This hill was renamed “Miracle Hill” and is now the place for spa resorts and hot spring pools in DHS.

 In 1941, almost sixty years of age, he started construction on his Hopi inspired pueblo with repurposed materials found in the desert. He continued building on it for some twenty years, until his death at 81 in 1965 and it is impressive as it is visionary: 5,000 square feet, divided into 35 rooms and adorned with 150 windows and 65 doors.

Cabot Yerxa was an incredible man often described as a visionary, artist, writer, builder, architect, adventurer, explorer, collector, idealist and entrepreneur. He was a human rights activist concerned about the legal, economic and cultural crisis for Native Americans. Cabot was a highly degreed Mason. Masons believe in independent thinking and self-actualization. Cabot was also the president and founder of the Theosophical Society in 1946-47 in Desert Hot Springs.”

Lunch will be taken at the Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort, a resort that focuses on replenishing the mind, body and soul with plenty of feel-good and delicious food on their menus with something for all appetites. A quote from their website sums up their philosophy on their dining experience: “We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are” – Adelle Davis *

Cabot Museum | 67616 Desert View Ave, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 | 760 329 7610

Two Bunch Palms | 67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240