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Near Jacumba in Imperial County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Desert Tower

 
 
Desert Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Adam Margolis, February 10, 2013
1. Desert Tower Marker
Inscription.  Bert Vaughn of Jacumba built the stone tower in 1922-23 to commemorate the pioneers and road and railroad builders who opened the area. In the 1930s W.T. Ratcliffe carved the stone animal figures which lurk in the rocks surrounding the tower, creating a fantasy world of surprise and strange beauty. This remarkable sculptural assemblage is one of California's exceptional folk art environments.
 
Erected 1984 by State Department of Parks and Recreation in, Imperial Valley Pioneer and Squibob Chapter, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 939.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicRailroads & StreetcarsRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the E Clampus Vitus series lists.
 
Location. 32° 39.543′ N, 116° 5.993′ W. Marker is near Jacumba, California, in Imperial County. Marker can be reached from In-Ko-Pah Park Road west of Interstate 8. Take
Desert Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Whittle, December 5, 2011
2. Desert Tower Marker
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the In-Ko-Pah Park Road exit off of Interstate 8 and follow it north until the end. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 In-Ko-Pah Park Road, Jacumba CA 91934, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mountain Springs Station Site (a few steps from this marker); Imperial Valley Desert Museum (approx. 7.7 miles away); Geoglyphs (approx. 7.7 miles away); The Impossible Railroad (approx. 9.2 miles away); De Anza Overlook (approx. 11.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is near the border of San Diego and Imperial Counties. The marker and tower are located in Imperial County and the town is located in San Diego County.

This is one of nearly a dozen California Historical Landmarks with the number 939 — Twentieth Century Folk Art Environments (Thematic).
 
Desert Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Whittle, December 5, 2011
3. Desert Tower Marker
Sign at Entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Whittle, December 5, 2011
4. Sign at Entrance
Desert Tower image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Whittle, December 5, 2011
5. Desert Tower
Desert Tower image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Whittle, December 5, 2011
6. Desert Tower
The marker seen in this photo is the Mountain Springs Station Site Marker (See Nearby Marker for additional information.) The Desert Tower marker is approximately 100 yards from this spot.
View of the Desert from the Tower image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Whittle, December 5, 2011
7. View of the Desert from the Tower
View East image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Whittle, December 5, 2011
8. View East
Photo on Display image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Whittle, December 5, 2011
9. Photo on Display
Vaughn's Desert View Tower under construction, and Historical Caves Bolder Park, U.S. 80, Jacumba Hot Springs, Cal. (In early years I-8 was US 80)
Location of the Caves and Granite Carvings image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Whittle, December 5, 2011
10. Location of the Caves and Granite Carvings
Granite Cave image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Whittle, December 5, 2011
11. Granite Cave
Granite Skull Carving image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Whittle, December 5, 2011
12. Granite Skull Carving
A Granite Critter image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Whittle, December 5, 2011
13. A Granite Critter
Three More... image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Whittle, December 5, 2011
14. Three More...
...and Another One image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Whittle, December 5, 2011
15. ...and Another One
View of Desert Tower From the Bolders image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dean Whittle, December 5, 2011
16. View of Desert Tower From the Bolders
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2011, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California. This page has been viewed 1,152 times since then and 119 times this year. Last updated on May 1, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1. submitted on February 16, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. submitted on December 6, 2011, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 8, 2022