#1034 Tecolote Rancho (Imperial Valley home of Harold Bell Wright) 


#1034 Tecolote Rancho (Imperial Valley home of Harold Bell Wright) 

Site information:

At bend in Country Club Dr, Holtville

Nothing remains of this site, as far as I know.


Plaque information:

State plaque

Plaque text:

Site of Rancho El Tecolote

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.

Registered 5/17/2001