Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

El Adobe Hotel

The Adobe Hotel - April 1938
The Adobe Hotel - April 1938

On a commanding hill overlooking Twentynine Palms sits the El Adobe Hotel, once simply called The Adobe. The twelve-room adobe structure was built by Jack McClane and Ed White in 1935 on their 320-acre hilltop tract. In 1937, the exclusive resort and ten acres of ground were sold to Albert Miller of Riverside and Colonel H.L. Watson of Twentynine Palms in a deal brokered by well-known real estate developer E.H. Nichols.

In 1941, the Adobe dining room was enlarged and four new bedrooms were added by contractor Walt Berg. Rates were from $7.00 single to $12.00 double, American Plan.

In October 1944 the hotel and dining room were restricted for use by U.S. Naval officers and their families attached to the Twentynine Palms Naval Auxiliary Air Station at Condor Field. This lasted until April 20, 1945, when it was again open to the public.

The Adobe Hotel - sketch
From The Desert Trail, Friday, October 4, 1944

The hotel had thick adobe walls and deeply set windows, which commanded the best view in town. Amenities included a nine-hole golf course and a 20 by 40-foot pool with mineral water supplied from a well on the premises at a uniform temperature of 118 degrees.

The hotel has had many owners over the years. The pool has been filled in and the hotel is now sub-divided into apartments.

The Adobe Hotel - April 1938
The Adobe Hotel - April 1938

For more information about this and other adobe buildngs in Twentynine Palms see Pat Rimmington's The Adobes of Twentynine Palms available in our gift shop or from the author.

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