Speaking Frankly

Speaking Frankly As much as we think of Cabot Yerxa as Desert Hot Springs’ quintessential pioneer with a quirky personality and a vision beyond his lifetime, he acknowledged many of the other singular “characters” that provide a rich history to homesteading days. The following portrait of one of those individuals comes from stitched-together, edited sections of Cabot’s “On the Desert …

Form and Function

Form and Function Last week’s newsletter advised readers, via Cabot Yerxa’s “On the Desert Since 1913” columns, on how to use a stick to carry a rattlesnake home. So it makes sense to follow that up with his further thoughts on the value of a stick. He wrote the following after listing important items to carry for a walk in …

Keeping it Quiet

Keeping it Quiet As noted in last week’s newsletter, Cabot Yerxa kept an assortment of reptiles — tortoises, snakes, and lizards — as “pets.” Should you, too, wish to populate a snake pit, don’t bother looking for a how-to video on YouTube. As a public service, we offer below Cabot’s advice on how to capture a rattlesnake. First, lift the …

Slow Down

Slow Down As people familiar with Cabot Yerxa know, he had great respect for and loved watching wildlife. He also kept a variety of desert creatures — e.g., snakes, tortoises, and chuckawallas — for the enjoyment and education of visitors to his pueblo museum. In 1956, his “On the Desert Since 1913” columns for the Desert Sentinel newspaper included the following (excerpted) …