First
Editions

Search

What's New

Contents
Home

Site Map
Links
Value Guide
Copyright Info

Books
Printer

Shepherd
D.Matthews
Uncrowned
Barbara Worth

Yesterdays
Eyes of World
Man's a Man
Brian Kent
Helen
Mine
Son of Father
Groceryman
Long Ago Told
Exit
Devil's Hwy
Ma Cinderella
To My Sons
Went Away

Collectibles
Original Mat.
Excerpts
Plays
Pamphlets
--Compliments
--
As I know Him
--Intimate
--Life/Writings
--Inspired

--Sterling
Produce Labels

Sheet Music
BW  Hotel

ShepCountry
Other
Magazines

Photo Gallery
Paintings

Postcards
 
(List)
ADVERTISING
Appleton
BSC numbered
BSC no numb.

PRINTER

Aurora
SHEPHRD of HILLS
Area Photos
Boats, Docks
Branson RP
Branson tint
Hall Photo Co.
Marvel Cave
Matt's Cabn RP
Matt's Cabn tnt

Matt, Mollie, etc

Mutton,Dewey
Uncle Ike RP
Uncle Ike Tint
DAN MATTHEWS
Bennett Sp. Tint

Bennett Spr RP
Lebanon
BARB. WORTH
Hotel RP
Hotel Exterior
Hotel Inter

Hotel Scenic
Jacumba
San Diego

Santa Barbara

EYES

Forest Home
HBW PLACES
Hiram College
Imperial Cnty
Kansas City
Pierce City
Tucson


Movies
(Introduction)
1916, Eyes

1919, Shepherd
1924, Man
1924, Mine
1925, Son Father 
1925. Brian K
1926, Barb W
1928, Shepherd
(1928, Lights)
1930, Eyes
1935, When Man
1936,  Matthews
1936, The Mine
1936, Wild Brian
1937, West  Gold
1937, Out West
1937, Secret Vly
1937, Californian
1941, Shepherd
1949, Massacre
1959, Shep (TV)
1964, Shepherd

Locations
New York
Pierce City
Pittsburg
Kansas City
Lebanon
Branson
Redlands
El Centro
Tucson
Los Angeles
Escondido
San Diego

In Depth
Kinkead
Markham Review

Mike O'Brien
Tucson Library

UCLA Library

Princeton Library

Indiana U. Libr.

E Clampus Vitus
Bittersweet
Manuscripts

Sales

 


Imperial Valley, Holtville and El Centro, California


The Imperial Valley, located in the southeastern corner of California, was the setting for the book, The Winning of Barbara Worth, and was Wright's home from 1907 to 1914.   In my Collectibles book I stated that Harold Bell Wright lived in El Centro, now the county seat of Imperial County, but that is not precisely correct.  He lived just to the east of  El Centro in a little area he named Meloland.  Quentin Burke, Harold Bell Wright Society president, adds that Wright's Tecolote Rancho at Meloland was on the outskirts of the town of Holtville, which is where Wright received his mail, shopped, and sent his children to school.  

     Today, the road next to cultivated land where his house, studio, and horse stables once stood is named Barbara Worth Road.  Nearby is the Barbara Worth Resort Country Club -- which was there in the early 1930's, but not during Wright's residency in the Imperial Valley."

     The famous Barbara Worth Hotel, built in downtown El Centro in 1915,  burned to the ground January 21, 1962, and all you can see today is the vacant lot in the middle of town.  

     But the Imperial County Historical Society has recently built next to the community college a delightful historical museum that is worth traveling to see.  Harold Bell Wright's son, Norman, and his children, recently transported to the museum the items that were formerly displayed near his burial site in San Diego (cemetery staff had moved them to a warehouse earlier).  Included in the display is the entire original manuscript of  The Winning of Barbara Worth, along with many personal items and family photos. 

Here you can see many of Wright's books, plus a delightful collection of flatware, dishes, and other items from the hotel. The museum has recently increased the space for the Harold Bell Wright materials and Quentin Burke and others have added many items, such as copies of movie posters, produce labels, and even a stack of paper cups marked, "The Barbara Worth Hotel," recently discovered, still in the dispenser, in an old building in town.  While you are there, ask the museum curators about the palm trees which Wright planted around his house and which have been transplanted to the campus next door to the museum. The following photos of items in the Harold Bell Wright display were taken by Dave Hadsell, who is plainly visible in the fourth photo from the left, top row.)

     A California Registered Historical Landmark was installed and dedicated near the Holtville home of Harold Bell Wright on April 27, 2002.  Click here for details and a fascinating story by Milford Wayne Donaldson.

     The Imperial County Historical Society has also installed a large plaque in front of the Barbara Worth Resort Country Club.  It notes that Wright lived near that location and comments on his importance to valley history.

     See recent issues of the Harold Bell Wright Gazette for complete details.  And do visit the museum if you are anywhere near the Imperial Valley.  Several very high quality editions of "The Winning of Barbara Worth" have been published in the Imperial Valley in recent years and some are still available.  Click here for details.

 

VOL. 39, NO. 6    THE NATIVE SON - APRIL-MAY 2000                          PAGE 6

Grand President Jim Riley dedicates a monument to Harold Bell Wright, who lived 1/2 mile west of the site of this plaque in the Imperial Valley.

The plaque reads: "Harold Bell Wright--Preacher-Writer-Outdoorsman, May 4, 1872-May 24, 1944. Harold Bell Wright rose from poverty to become 'America's favorite author' for the first three decades of the 20th Century. Many of his 19 books were best sellers and made into both silent and later 'talkies'. They include 'The Winning of Barbara Worth,' a novel set in the pioneering days of the reclamation project which turned the desert into the fertile Imperial Valley. Self supporting from the age of 12, Harold Wright lived and wrote on a ranch he named 'El Tecolote,' a half mile west of this spot, from 1907 to 1915."
The dedication occurred on February 5, 2000. Standing at right is JrPGP Richard Hoffmann.
 

From the web site of Native Sons of the Golden West

 


Back To:
Top

Books

Collectibles

Postcards

Movies

Locations

In Depth

Your Questions and Suggestions are Welcome. Click here for Email Address.

This Harold Bell Wright web site is written and produced by Gerry Chudleigh with the help of many friends.
Copyright 2000-May, 2011 by Gerry Chudleigh
Last updated 05/26/11