Remembering an Artist and His Mule in Desert Hot Springs, CA
In 1914, a mule named "Merry Christmas" helped her owner, the eccentric artist Cabot Yerxa, dig two wells in the desert near Palm Springs. One well produced hot water, the other cold. Near this fortuitous site, Yerxa and Merry Christmas built a trading post and a semi-subterranean, 4-story Hopi-pueblo-style house, using recycled materials hauled from miles away. You can take a tour through Yerxa's topsy-turvy home, now Cabot's Pueblo Museum, which features tiny rooms, dirt floors, impossibly narrow stairways, and his collection of Native American artifacts as well as his own art work.