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.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
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. Touch for map. Marker is located just inside the gated entrance to the Coachella Valley Museum and Cultural Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 82616 Miles Avenue, Indio CA 92201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1909 Indio Schoolhouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); Dr. June Robertson McCarroll Jimmy Swaggart's "Date" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Indian Wells (approx. 6.6 miles away); Dwight David Eisenhower (approx. 6.6 miles away).
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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