100 Years Of Palm Springs History – 1913 Cabot Yerxa Comes To DHS

1913 Cabot Yerxa Settles In Desert Hot Springs – 100 Years Of Palm Springs History –


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In our continuing series on Palm Springs History, we can now learn about Cabot Yerxa.  As an early settler and explorer, he’s best known for digging a now famous well in Desert Hot Springs and discovered guess what?  The now famous hot mineral springs enjoyed by many tourists; especially those from Europe.

So just who was Cabot Yerxa and why should we remember him?  Well aside from the above text, he discovered a second well nearby that the pure and cold water of the mission Springs Aquifer.  And that well is why till this day, Desert Hot Springs has some of the finest tasting tap water in the Palm Springs Area and in reality, around the US and the World!


From VisitDesertHotSprings.com:

The cold water is just as pure as the hot water. And it’s delicious too. So delicious, in fact, that our municipal drinking water has won gold, silver, and bronze medals over the last few years in an annual international water competition (which made some towns in Europe pretty envious).

Getting back to Cabot….. he began construction on his famous pueblo-style home in 1939 working on it until is death in 1965at the age of 81.  The house was abandoned and later a DHS businessman, Cole Eyraud purchased the property, restored the home, and later his estate donated it to the city for use as a museum.

The pueblo structure is hand-made, created from found and recycled objects.  It’s a four story 5000 sq ft structure with 35 rooms, 150 windows and 65 doors.

Other facts include:

  • buckboard wagon parts
  • telephone poles
  • pieces of abandoned homesteads


Palm Springs history

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Of further interest on a guided tour is:

  • A Journey through the life of Cabot Yerxa
  • See artifacts collected over 100 years ago
  • Learn of his travels through Dakota territory, Cuba, Alaska, France, California and the Southwest.

This video is kinda fun and hopefully shows enough to make you want to visit the Cabot Museum in Desert Hot Springs.

Finally a few other important happenings around the world 100 years ago:

  • Ford introduced the first moving assembly line to make cars
  • The first crossword puzzle published in New York
  • Pancho Villa takes Torreon after a 3 day battle in the Mexican Revolution
  • Death Valley reaches 134 degrees making it the highest temperature ever recorded in the US- YIKES


About Vic Yepello

Vic Yepello has been a Palm Springs resident since 2005.  He moved here at a time in his life when a change was necessary to get away from a high-pressure job and the weather back in Philadelphia. That proved to be the right decision in so many ways. Coming to Palm Springs began a new chapter in his life like never before.

Vic obtained his Real Estate license in February of 2006 working hard to establish a name and trade.  In 2010, he began a business partnership with Ron Jesser. Together, they have enjoyed much success in helping their clients achieve their goals of buying, selling and investing in Real Estate across the desert communities.  To them, they believe an agent should not disappear after Escrow closes.

Vic worked on the water conservation task force and takes part in many other community activities.  He is currently a co-chair on the Active Transportation Committee for the city of Palm Springs and he is a board member for Friends of CV Link.

When not doing any of the above, he can be seen around town quite often on his bike enjoying the scenic beauty of the desert.  Vic has used his bike to raise money for his favorite charity AIDS Lifecycle because giving back is a part of what he does everyday.
As Vic says: “If you want to learn about the city, it’s best done on two wheels!"