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By John Bradley, Blythe, ca
kingbee333@gmail.com
Areas of historical interest in and around the valley.
Monday, October 25, 2010

Patton's Cabin

By John Bradley

Off the Arlington Mine Road and up against the Little Maria Mountains lies a small bunker type building with 3 sides and no roof. It is "Patton's Cabin" , Named after the famed General George S. Patton.

Its History is unknown to me but perhaps being in the heart of the training zone that this area once was it could of housed the general himself at one time.

Some 60 years later , today it's almost a pile of rubble . Rocks and dirt, barbed wire and cinder block ones imagination will have to fill in the spaces to piece together an image of what this building once was. Here are the pieces.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Article comment by: Craig Wiita

@ Eddy, the only geode beds in the area that I know of are the Hauser beds which are south of I-10 off of Wileys Well Rd. Turn off of Wileys Well Rd. at the Imperial County line follow road about 4-5 miles and dig away.

Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014
Article comment by: Eddy McGillicutty

Is there anywhere near there to do some digging for geodes?

Posted: Sunday, February 9, 2014
Article comment by: Charlene Geer

We were at Patton's cabin yesterday. I was so impressed that there was no graffiti on it. This is amazing this day of age. It is sort of difficult to access but worth the time.

Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Article comment by: @ jeff

Off midland road u will see arlington mine road - stay on that road and u will head toward mccoy mountains eventually u will see a sign at the fork in the road - one will take u to palen pass road, stay on arlington until u see a sign for a road to pattons cabin to the south - if u stay on arlington road it dead ends at the arlington mine and the wilderness area. Good luck it is beautiful out there.

Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Article comment by: Buster Webb

Jeff, go up midland road, turn left at the gypsum mine turn off, go west to the first set of mountains, you will see a big valley on the other side of that mountain, keep heading west through that valley and that cabin is on the east side, at the base, of the next mountain you come to. hopefully that helps a little bit.

Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Article comment by: jeff the courious

I was recently out looking for this cabin and was unable to find it. could you give some directions so I could have a better chance of finding it? From the pictures I can tell I was very close.

Posted: Saturday, October 30, 2010
Article comment by: Jeff McLain

lets go to sinabar mine soon been awhile that I have been there, good trip.

Posted: Saturday, October 30, 2010
Article comment by: Jim Worthington

I can remember spending a lot of time with my dad who was a Game Warden in Blythe up in this area. There is a lot to see if you look. If you are in this area make sure to look along the hillsides. There are a lot of old observation posts still standing, as well as camp sites. I also know of a tank trap filled with iron wood but I will not tell you where for fear someone will destroy it.

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Article comment by: john B

Mr. Muh Goo . thanks for the info. I too was under the impression he was out here. I only called it pattons cabin because on the blm map it is labeled such. interesting.

Charles - yeah it was up a seriously bad road. the road is now a wash filled with rocks. it took awhile to get to and we had to walk the last bit.

Z - the inconvenience of getting to this place should secure no graphitti for some time to come.


Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Article comment by: Mr. Muh Goo

John....nice pix! When I first moved here in the 1950s a good portion of the SoCal desert was still covered in wartime training stuff. It..(training grounds)..was much bigger than is generally thought. However, contrary to myth and folklore, Gen. Patton himself never actually had anything to do with it all. It was the troops he would later command that trained out here. Oddly, many, some say most, of those troops never actually saw desert combat. Patton designed the training tactics with a combination of his own ideas and concepts he "borrowed" from Gen. Erwin Rommel. In what is generally considered to be the definitive movie of his life, George C. Scott portrays Patton and highlights that by uttering what is considered by many to be the perfect words to demonstrate the Generals' total commitment to 'knowing your enemy". As his tankers executed a well lain trap against Rommels' tanks he is known to have screamed out, "Rommel, you magnificent bastard, I read your book"!!!! Still, the fact that he was never out here does nothing to diminish the understanding that indeed, these WERE Pattons' troops and his status as one of the greatest military minds of all time will never be lessened by it. Well done, nice find!

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Article comment by: Charles the Wise

That's awesome John! Me and Jason tried looking for it one time, but the rain was coming in.... next time, though..

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Article comment by: Zazu Zazalewski

It's amazing that, up to the time this picture was taken, there was no graffiti sprayed anywhere on this old structure. Check back on it next week and let us know if it stays the same way. Some fools just can't leave well enough alone.



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