Image: undated but may be 1939 based on the appearance of the construction just beginning. From https://image.slidesharecdn.com/extraordinaryspaces-131107155949-phpapp01/95/extraordinary-spaces-sitespecific-collections-and-their-challenges-7-638.jpg?cb=1402667053 . Photographer not identified.
Cabot Yerxa, the man who found the spring that made Desert Hot Springs famous, built a quirky four-story, 35-room pueblo between 1939 and his death in 1965. Now a museum run by the city of Desert Hot Springs—Yerxa was the town’s first mayor—the Hopi-inspired adobe structure is filled with memorabilia of his time as a homesteader; his encounters with Hollywood celebrities at the nearby Bar-H Ranch; his expedition to the Alaskan gold rush; and many other events.
Excerpt from https://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/california/palm-springs-and-the-desert-resorts/things-to-do/sights/reviews/cabots-pueblo-museum-580357 .
Image: undated. From https://66.media.tumblr.com/08bdd7872c1bac13cae88526cb980e82/tumblr_inline_my2uh1ahbx1rpb43t.jpg . Photographer not identified.
Learn more about Yerxa at https://www.palmspringslife.com/miracle-in-the-sand/ .
Images: Front cover and details from a 14 page fold-out brochure published by the Santa Fe to promote travel on their trains. Courtesy of the Western Archives, Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling Society.
Listings for four of the eight southern California ranches are shown.
Image: ad from unspecified 1939 magazine.
“In 1939, a 17-year old girl living in California decided to embark on a monumental bike trip across the country. The World’s Fair in New York City was her destination. That girl was award winning photojournalist and filmmaker Ruth Orkin (1921-1985).
“Orkin grew up in Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s, and at the age of 10, received her first camera, a 39¢ Univex. She began by photographing her friends and teachers at school. Obsessed with traveling after three cross country train trips with her family, she took a job as a teenager at a travel agency in 1937. When a pamphlet for American Youth Hostels arrived in the mail one day at work, offering cheap lodging and cooking facilities for travelers journeying by foot or bicycle, the call for adventure was too great to resist.
“At 16, Orkin took her first Youth Hostel trip to San Francisco, and the following year somehow convinced her parents to let her bicycle across the country. Multiple newspapers carried the story of this 17-year old on a cross country tour of U.S. Youth Hostels. While she had actually hitchhiked from LA to Chicago, and then Chicago to New York – equally adventurous and kind of crazy — Orkin later wrote in her book, A Photo Journal, published in 1981, ‘The bicycling was done while I was sightseeing in each city: Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Boston. I also biked the smaller distances between the four eastern cities and while hosteling through four New England states. All in all I biked a total of 2000 miles during those four months!’”
Excerpts and photo from https://styleofsport.com/ruth-orkin-bike-trip/# .