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the days of the 1st Native Americans, the site on which the Desert
Tower now stands with both of home and a resting place. In-Co-Pah
tribes lived on in the air this year close to the underground springs.
Other desert tribes on their journeys to the coast would stop here
for a cool breezy rest. On their journey home Anza- Borrego’s
multicolored plains spread out before them, welcoming them home.
Later, in pioneer days, the Mountains springs’ station was only
1 mi. north from the current Tower location. The grade portion of
the stagecoach Road proved too steep for overloaded wagons. Mountain
springs station provided oxen that pulled the precious cargo of people,
possessions, produce the raw materials up to 30 percent grade to higher
stagecoach journey from San Diego, Calif. to Yuma, Ariz. required
for a month of arduous travel. The site became an inspiration to weary
travelers. To the westward bound it marks the end of the desert heat
and the beginning of cool mountain passes anticipating an inviting
coast. To the eastward bound it presented a breathtaking desertscape
full of changing mesmerizing colors-lilacs, blues, sienna's, purples-a
mysteriously painted Kingdom its hills and plains begging to be explored.
Interstate 8 seventy miles east of San Diego. 40 miles west of El
Centro. Take the In-Ko-Pah Rd. turnoff
Phone: (619) 766-4612
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