In 1913, Cabot Yerxa arrived in the desert as one of its first homesteaders. He built the Eagle’s Nest Cabin – the first permanent building in the area. He dug three wells. The third tapped into the Mission Springs Aquifer – the famed future water supply for the city of Desert Hot Springs.
By 1941, there was talk of building a town around the water supply so Yerxa, an artist, architect, writer, translator, adventurer, discoverer and mystic - built a 35-room Hopi-inspired pueblo near the mountains. He hauled sand in a Model T Ford and mixed it with rocks and water by hand. He did most of the construction alone. He toiled for over 20 years on the beloved pueblo and in 1965, at age 83, died of a heart attack.
During a vacation to Desert Hot Springs, Cole Eyraud discovered the property in a state of disrepair. He purchased it, and thanks to his efforts, the pueblo now stands as it did when Cabot Yerxa built it. It has become Cabot’s Pueblo Museum .
Today, the pueblo – a “Riverside County Point of Historic Interest” – houses an amazing collection of Native American pottery, arrowheads, turn of the 20th century photographs (including a group shot featuring Cabot Yerxa and Teddy Roosevelt, a close friend of Cabot’s mother), original oil paintings by Yerxa, a sculpture by Chief Semu of the Chumash tribe (a dear friend of Cabot’s), furnishings (like Buffalo Bill Cody’s chair) and more. It also houses his Alaskan collections – artifacts he gathered while living with the Alaskan Inuits. Among his many achievements, he wrote the first Inuit–English dictionary, which is in the Smithsonian Institution.