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August 19, 2010

T Cross K Guest Ranch

This should look a little familiar to anyone who has visited Mission Creek Preserve
, west of Desert Hot Springs. These are the guest cabins of the T Cross K Guest Ranch. The original of this photo is a postcard in the possession of the Pomona Public Library, which was pointed out to me by Pat Hinrichsen.

T Cross K Guest Ranch Cabins
This is what they look like now.
Photo by °Florian.

Other Pomona Library photos of the place suggest there was a larger ranch house that is gone now.
T Cross K Guest Ranch Dining Room
T Cross K dining room.

T Cross K Guest Ranch Fireplace

Pat found the following ad in the December 1938 issue of Desert Magazine [PDF] on page 31 (from the PDF point of view) or page 29 (if you are looking at the text itself).
T Cross K Guest Ranch ad - December 1938 Desert Magazine


Located 30 minutes drive from Palm Springs, eight miles from Highway 99, in Mission Canyon on the edge of the Colorado desert.

One of California's newer guest ranches offering American Plan accommodations in unique stone cottages all with private bath. Rates are reasonable, ranging from $5 daily and $30 weekly, per person.

Write for full details and reservations.
Star Route, Whitewater California

Filed under Coachella Valley,Desert Hot Springs,History | permalink | August 19, 2010 at 01:09 PM


My hiker friend and I were just there last Thursday (09/05/19) and observed those cabins and took some pictures. It was an interesting sight.

Posted by: Leonard L Hernandez at Sep 9, 2019 10:51:45 AM

There was three stone structures here, two houses at the two pools , the water reservoir a little ways up the canyon , the bar and guest houses were frame cabins . The Chief's house wasn't part of this though it was on the ranch rd .

Posted by: Philip Wilkinson at Feb 9, 2019 1:29:59 PM

Thank you, for info on T cross K. J.R. Holiday was my grandfather . Spent many
long beautiful days and summers on the T cross K.
They left me stay in one of the cabins. all
by my self, if not rented. no way these days. Too BAD such fun.


Posted by: Cheryl I Miller at Mar 23, 2018 1:27:42 PM

Thank you for this great info and pictures.
My wife and I like to hike from the Stone House to Wathier (or Walthier) Landing, but we haven't been able to find any info about it or about Stills Landing.
Do you have any info about Wa(l)thier and Stills Landing and about the use of the term Landing in these remote areas?

Posted by: Bernard Rochet at Feb 7, 2017 2:05:21 PM

thank you Ron I always find your Log very intresting especially when you uncover Items about DHS History

Posted by: Sarah at Aug 20, 2010 4:28:58 PM

Yes, this is a very cool find.

Posted by: Raymond at Aug 19, 2010 11:34:26 PM

Check out this in Google Books. In the book Decisions of the Railroad Commission of the State of California, Volume 15 one finds "Decision No. 5407" to sell all of the property of the Coachella Water Company to J. R. Holliday and B. A. Hook. Why that's a matter for the Railroad Commission is, I'm sure, obvious to those familiar with California railroad history, but I haven't a clue.

Posted by: Ron's Log at Aug 19, 2010 10:05:59 PM

Thanks, Jeff, but it was Pat who found the info.

Posted by: Ron's Log at Aug 19, 2010 9:59:06 PM

Ron, fantastic find! Another reason why you are our "historian." J. R. Holliday rings a bell. I'll have to look at some of the DHS materials to see if I find his name... VERY COOL!

Posted by: Jeff at Aug 19, 2010 8:39:53 PM

Yet another example of what happens to homes without proper code enforcement.

Posted by: Mike at Aug 19, 2010 4:20:23 PM

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