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Name: Twentieth Century Folk Art Environments -Desert Tower
Site Number: #939
Date Visited: 02/18/2017
Other Designation: None
Plaque Status: State Marker
Location: 106 In-Ko-Pah Park Rd., Ocotillo, CA 92259
Coordinates32.6590062,-116.0999369
Website: N/A

Description: Bret Vaughn of Jacumba built the stone tower in 1922-23 to commemorate the pioneers and road and railroad builders who opened the area. In the 1930s, W.T. Ratcliffe carved the stone animal figures which lurk in the rocks surrounding the tower, creating a fantasy world of surprise and strange beauty. This remarkable sculptural assemblage is one of California’s exceptional Folk Art Environments.