Desert View Tower and Boulder ParkBert Vaughn (1878-1974) and W.T. Ratcliffe (1882-1956)




Mountain Empire, California, 91934, United States



About the Artist/Site

Ratcliffe carved dozens of animals and Indian chiefs into the quartzite granite boulders near Anza-Borrego State Park and the desert town of Jacumba. Working during the Depression, this unemployed engineer was inspired by the natural shapes of the boulders. They are located adjacent to Desert View Tower, a circular four-story cut stone museum built 1922-1928 by Robert (Bert) Vaughn (1878-1974) and finished by Dennis Newman in the 1940s to commemorate the pioneers who crossed the desert. It currently operates as a small museum. Both sites are included in California Historical Landmark #939.

~ Jo Farb Hernández


granite, rock

SPACES Archives Holdings

1 folder: clippings, correspondence, images

Map & Site Information

Mountain Empire, California, 91934 us
Latitude/Longitude: 32.7343516 / -116.492946

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