From the plaque:
(Imperial Valley home of
Harold Bell Wright) - Prolific author Harold Bell Wright
purchased 160 acres here in 1907. While living in a tent
he built Rancho El Tecolote, constructing a woven arrowweed
studio in 1908 and a ranch house in 1909. From 1907 to
1916 he wrote three best sellers, including the historical
novel, The Winning of Barbara Worth, a chronicle of desert
reclamation and the Colorado River flood of 1905. As Wright’s
most successful and important book, it brought the Imperial
Valley and its agricultural wealth to the attention of
the nation. The book’s heroine Barbara Worth became
an icon for the region.
This plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, Squibob Chapter, April 27, 2002.