Cabot Yerxa was a man who took risks, traveled, and was one of the founders of Desert Hot Springs. The story we share with our visitors and students is Cabot Yerxa’s legacy of community visionary, artist, humanitarian, and environmentalist.
In 1913, at the age of 30, Cabot homesteaded 160 acres in what is now Desert Hot Springs. In need of water, he dug a well with a pick and shovel near his home and re-discovered the now famous hot minerals the area is renowned for. He dug another well 600 yards away from his home and located the pure cold water of the Mission Springs Aquifer. The two wells, one hot and one cold, led Cabot to name his homestead Miracle Hill.
After proving his homestead, he relocated to Washington, was drafted into the U. S. Army, and traveled to South America and Europe. Eventually, returning to the area in the late 1930s to make Desert Hot Springs his home.