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Indio in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Dr. June Robertson McCarroll

 
 
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By Michael Kindig, January 13, 2011
1. Dr. June Robertson McCarroll Marker
Inscription. Dr. June Robertson McCarroll was born June 30, 1867 in the Adirondacks and began her medical career in Chicago. She left a promising practice for Indio in 1904. Becoming the sole practicing physician for the entire Coachella Valley. She traveled by horseback, horse and buggy, and automobile to provide medical care throughout the valley under very primitive conditions.

An encounter with a large truck on a narrow road in 1917 resulted in her Model T abandoning the road for a sandy ditch. This led Dr. June to the idea that a white stripe painted in the center of the road would make automobile travel safer. She personally painted the first known stripe in California on Indio Boulevard, then part of Highway 99, during 1917. A letter writing campaign intitiated by the Indio Women's Club eventually led to adoption of the practice by the California Highway Commission in 1924.

Dr. June also started the first library in the Coachella Valley. She died on March 30, 1954. A nearby portion of the freeway was named in her honor on April 24, 2002.
 
Erected 2003 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, E Clampus Vitus in cooperation with the City of Indio. (Marker Number 116.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location.
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By Michael Kindig, January 13, 2011
2. Dr. June Robertson McCarroll Marker
33° 43.26′ N, 116° 13.04′ W. Marker is in Indio, California, in Riverside County. Marker is on Indio Boulevard east of Smurr Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located approximately 250 southeast of the intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 82921 Indio Boulevard, Indio CA 92203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Smiley Place (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1909 Indio Schoolhouse (approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Jimmy Swaggart's "Date" (approx. 0.9 miles away); Indian Wells (approx. 6.9 miles away); Dwight David Eisenhower (approx. 7 miles away).
 
Regarding Dr. June Robertson McCarroll. When Dr. June moved to Indio, this settlement had already been around since 1876. It had been given the name Indian Wells by the Southern Pacific Company when they built the railroad through to Arizona. At that time there had been a Desert Cahuilla Indian village nearby. The Indian name of the village meant "water found." Deep Indian wells had been known since the 1853 railroad exploration party. The Indians dug deep holes, entered by a series of steps to obtain their water in the desert. In 1877 the name was changed to Indio. SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary
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By Bill Kirchner, March 29, 2015
3. Dr. June Robertson McCarroll Marker
Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway

 
Also see . . .  Handout from the monument dedication in 2003. (Submitted on September 14, 2012, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.)
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkNotable PersonsRoads & VehiclesScience & Medicine
 
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By Jackson Musker
4. Dr. June Robertson McCarroll
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 933 times since then and 37 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1. submitted on December 20, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   2. submitted on December 25, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   3. submitted on April 4, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4. submitted on December 20, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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