Before settling in the California desert, Cabot Yerxa led an
adventurous life, traveling to Mexico, Alaska, Cuba, and Europe. In Paris,
France he studied at the Academies Julian art school. In 1913, at age 30, Cabot
homesteaded 160 acres in what is now Desert Hot Springs, California. Pressed for
water, he dug a well with pick and shovel, discovering the now famous hot
mineral waters of Desert Hot Springs. Desert Hot Springs is the mineral water
retreat just 10 miles from Palm Springs.