Indio in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Erected 1994 by Coachella Valley Historical Society, Inc. in cooperation with the Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, E Clampus Vitus and the Riverside County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 65.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1926.
Location. 33° 43.279′ N, 116° 13.394′ W. Marker is in Indio, California, in Riverside County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Miles Avenue and Daglet Noor Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located just inside the gated entrance to the Coachella Valley Museum and Cultural Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 82616 Miles Avenue, Indio CA 92201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At USS Liberty Tree - USN Captain William L. McGonagle (here, next to this marker); Dr. June Robertson McCarroll (approx. 0.3 miles away); History of Electricity in the Coachella Valley (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jimmy Swaggart's "Date" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Veterans Remembrance Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); Water Trough (approx. 4 miles away); The Bradshaw Trail / Point Happy (approx. 4.2 miles away); Carl G. Bray, Smoke Tree Painter (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indio.
Regarding Smiley Place. The adobe wall around the Smiley Place property is one of the few such examples in the area. The house has behind it perhaps the last remaining building of its type in the Coachella Valley. It is called a "submarine." The building is covered with burlap, the same material as used in so-called "gunny sacks." The water tower next to the submarined house would be filled and pipes and tubes arranged so as to drip water all around the roof of the house. Evaporation of the water would cool the house often by 30 degrees. SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
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