Name: Telecote Rancho Site (Imperial Valley Home of Harold Bell Wright)
Site Number: #1034
Date Visited: 02/18/2017
Other Designation: N/A
Plaque Status: State Marker
Location: 2050 Country Club Dr., Holtville, CA 92250
Coordinates: 32.800139, -115.421597
Description: 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.