Discover Whittier Ranch
Few communities can boast a history with ties to a local family that to this day are still part of the Whittier Ranch story and have a commitment to not only the ranch, but the city as well. Owned originally by relatives of the Keck family, Whittier Ranch was one of the first date farms in Indio. Today the children and family members of the Keck family, while still farming dates in the Coachella Valley, are also partnering with Gallery Homes in the development of Whittier Ranch with the hope that new families moving there will discover the heritage and the importance of being part of the new Whittier Ranch.
This historic M.H. Whittier Ranch Water Tower was originally erected in 1921 at the southeast corner of Avenue 48 and Jackson Street. The combined weight of water (8,000 gallons) and the height (60 feet) provided adequate water pressure for the homes and packing sheds on Whittier Ranch.
To preserve a piece of the ranch's history, the tower was moved to the Coachella Valley Museum by the children of Hurbert Richert, a local date grower, as a memorial in 1993. In late 2015, the Keck family was a major contributor to a restoration project implemented by CVHM to restore the M.H. Whittier Co. Water Tower along with the Museum's collection of farm implements.
Recently, the City of Indio, in partnership with the Public Arts and Historic Preservation Commission unveiled innovative new public art at the Coachella Valley History Museum with the creation of a 360-degree projection system that will project innovative art onto the exterior of the historic water tower. The tower's height and location, at the center of the Museum's campus, are ideal for the art to be seen from several locations in Indio.