Cabazon: Sitting in the Shadows of the Morongo Indian Reservation

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with CELLing Realty CalBRE #01445865

Cabazon, CA is an interesting little town.  It's not a city, and only has one little store, a Post Office, and the Am/PM Gas Station at the Main Street exit.  That's on the South Side of the Freeway....the side where locals think of Cabazon as Cabazon. For years Cabazon was just a small little town off the I-10 Freeway between Banning and Palm Springs.  It was best known for the big Dinosaur on the North Side of the Freeway.  That Dinosaur was made famous in a few movies, including a Pee Wee Herman one.   That was  Cabazon to most people.

Cabazon, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a recent picture of what many of the Vacant Lots look like.  They haven't been developed yet, but they will.  This is on the South Side of the Freeway.

 

The Morongo Indian Reservation is typically thought of on the N. side of the I-10, although it is also on the S. side, and in the Mountains.  The Reservation is like a checkerboard......and in some areas you have one mile of Reservation, and one mile not.  This is because the Railroad was given every other mile way back when the Reservation was formed.

Anyway the Reservation like so many of them, was pretty poor.  A lot of trailers and HUD Homes dotted the Reservation, oh and of course my favorite was the Smoke Trailer that sat on a little road just inside the boundary where we could go buy cheap smokes.  Yep, that's the REZ I remember. But it's not like that today.  

Morongo Casino Resort and Spa towering over the Desert 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, there is the  27 story Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa.  Today  Morongo owns Hadleys Fruit Orchards, a huge Gas Station, Restaurants, new state of the art bowling alley,etc. and have plans to build more.  Just in the past couple months the freeway was closed at the Cabazon exits of Seminole Drive because of the massive work of making a roundabout to handle all the traffic to the area, especially when the Outlets have Major Sales, or Morongo has a Special event.  Traffic was a nightmare.  Cabazon of old is growing. 


I just heard that they are also going to make a round-about on the south side of the freeway.  Why I asked?  "Because the area isn't going to stay the same."  That's what I heard.  So the old Route 99, that was replaced by the I-10 Freeway (called The Dime) is now undergoing another big transformation.  And all of this because of the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa..which has now become one of the biggest employers in the area. 

 

 

***So it looks like Cabazon is indeed sitting in the shadows of the Morongo Indian Reservation ***

 

 

 

By: Kathy McGraw- CELLing Realty....all photos are copyrighted

Comments (5)

William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Kathy,

I m not surprised. With the multitudes of cars on 10 and the destination for Palm Springs and Pam Desert, I expect one day that all the way out we will developments as the destinations are so desirable. Nice highlight of this area. Love Cabazon for shopping at 'you know where',lol. I spend a ot of money there.

Aug 02, 2008 06:10 AM
Harold Watts
Teles Properties - Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs Real Estate Blog

Kathy,

In the 10 years that I have lived here, I really have seen the changes that Cabazon has gone through. I don't even recognize it anymore.  The best chicken fried steak and eggs can be had at the Wagon Inn Restaurant next to the Dinosaurs. I love that place!!!

I remember Pee Wee's Big Adventure and the Dinosaur.....The line I remember most was "Tell em Large Marge sent ya"  Have a great weekend!!

Aug 02, 2008 06:10 AM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

William-Yep....there are some great deals to be had out here in Cabazon.  Next time you come out to go shopping....call me.  We can finally meet :) 

Harold-I have so many pictures of the Wheel Inn.  For years we would go there for breakfast.....or just a place to meet.  I loved the little gift shop and the pictures for sale in the back room by the Bathrooms LOL :) 

As for the changes in Cabazon....there are many, and many more to come.  It really does boggle my mind.

Aug 02, 2008 06:41 AM
Harold Watts
Teles Properties - Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs Real Estate Blog

Kathy,

The pictures in the back...LOL  It is the only place you can go to a portrait of Elvis on black velvet.

Aug 02, 2008 12:42 PM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Harold- Yep and with gas prices so high saves you the trip to Tijuana....which is where I bought my pictures on Black Velvet when I was in my early 20's  :) 

Aug 02, 2008 01:10 PM