THE DESERT WAS HOME
History with a heart
The story of Campbell House Inn is much more than the age and origin of its bricks and mortar.
William Campbell, an orphaned LA native, met Elizabeth Warder Crozer, daughter of a wealthy Philadelphia banker, at the wedding of a mutual friend in Pasadena. It was love at first sight.
After the First World War, Bill and Elizabeth Campbell were sent to the high desert because of Bill’s declining health from exposure to mustard gas. The warm, dry environment and clean air improved Bill’s health and they decided to make the desert Home.
The Campbell’s homestead a tract of land near the Oasis of Mara and built a cottage which formed the nucleus of their beautiful home. Completed in 1925, the Campbell’s lived an adventurous life, exploring the desert and helping build a community until Bill’s untimely death in 1944. Elizabeth never remarried and sold the 400-acre property in 1946 to Allie Wrubel.
"Our hearts were singing with love, youth, and the promise of a happy future."
Exile to the desert
A desert oasis
The pioneer spirit
Elizabeth started a garden from clippings and seeds from friends' gardens