#939:  Twentieth Century Folk Art Environments - Desert Tower

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End of In-Ko-Pah Rd





State Plaque



From the plaque:

Bret 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.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in, Imperial Valley Pioneer and Squibob Chapter, E Clampus Vitus. May 5, 1984

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