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Explore Palm Springs: La Plaza Shopping Center

Still a thriving shopping center, La Plaza breathes life into Palm Springs' downtown shopping district just as it has done for more than 70 years.

Explore Palm Springs: Merrill Lynch Building

On Sept. 11, 1971, the iconic Merrill Lynch building took its place among eight distinctive architectural treasures comprising the Palm Springs Financial District.

Explore Palm Springs: Aerial Tramway is Christened

On Sept. 12, 1963, 400 dignitaries came from all over the world to be part of the inaugural ride of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

Playing the Long Game

Host to six-plus decades of golf’s greatest names and games, the Coachella Valley’s singular influence upon the golf world may come down to one round of play.

Explore Palm Springs: Sportsman's Headquarters

In addition to owning Sportsman's Headquarters and its Palm Springs rifle range, Harry Mann and his wife Ruby were quite the hunters.

Explore Palm Springs: 139 Club

Opened in the early 1930s, the 139 Club was housed in what was a private residence in Cathedral City, and the name was derived from its numerical address.

Explore Palm Springs: Nightclubs Spruce Up for 1950-51 Season

In August of 1950, many Palm Springs restaurateurs and business owners announced major improvements they had made to their restaurants and nightclubs during the summer.

Explore Palm Springs: Fire Destroys El Mirador Hotel

An early morning blaze lit up the desert sky on July 26, 1989, destroying the historic El Mirador Hotel and tower.

Explore Palm Springs: Jack Freeman Serves Up the Stars

In the 1930s, Jack Freeman's time at the Village Pharmacy in Palm Springs brought him in contact with stars like John Wayne, Rudy Vallee, and William Powell.

Explore Palm Springs: Beating the Heat Before Air Conditioning

Summers in Palm Springs before air conditioning meant finding creative ways to try and stay cool.

Watch Our Top 10 Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Videos

Where should I eat in the Greater Palm Springs area? Watch our Top 10 Restaurant Videos to help you find the answer to that question.

Explore Palm Springs: Summer Baseball 1948

Summer baseball was an important pastime for villagers in early Palm Springs, who were too busy during the winter season to have time for recreation.

Explore Palm Springs: Shadow Mountain Club

The Shadow Mountain Club became a sought after address where members could enjoy the desert lifestyle in a country club setting.

Explore Palm Springs: Real Estate Boom of 1880s

The Colorado Desert settlements of Palm Springs, Palmdale and the Garden of Eden were part of a real estate boom that reverberated across the state between 1880 and 1889.

Explore Palm Springs: Summer in the City

Though they may not be apparent to an outsider, there are many alluring things about Palm Springs from June through August.

Explore Palm Springs: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway began as a dream to view the Coachella Valley from the cool peaks of Mt. San Jacinto.

Explore Palm Springs: Fireman’s Fish Fry

Since the inaugural Palm Springs Fireman’s Fish Fry in June 1931, Palm Springs has annually supported its local fire fighters.

Explore Palm Springs: The Desert Inn

Palm Springs was a desolate desert landscape, but Nellie Coffman saw an oasis and built the Desert Inn in the 1920's.

Life in the Fast Lane

While great weather, golf, tennis, and architecture help define the good life, elegant, fast, and beautiful cars further define the Palm Springs scene.

Explore Palm Springs: City Becomes Democratic Hub in 1964 Election

Democratic voters made a significant gain in numbers in 1964, prompting Palm Springs to become a base to generate support for President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Reception to Celebrate Milt Jones' Life Set for June 4

A reception celebrating the life of Milton W. Jones will be held at the Hilton Palm Springs at 12:30 p.m. June 4.

Explore Palm Springs: Desert Wildflowers

Where have all of the wildflowers gone in Palm Springs? Drought conditions have made it rare to see even one purple Verbena or yellow Encilia flower.

Explore Palm Springs: 1939 World's Fair

Francis Stevens School in Palm Springs was chosen by the State Board of Education to be part of an educational exhibit at the San Francisco World's Fair.

Explore Palm Springs: Horseback Riding Through the Desert

Exploring the open desert around Palm Springs became an organized activity in the 1930s when a group of men went on an 85-mile trek.

Palm Springs Historical Society Tours "Frank Sinatra Neighborhood"

The Palm Springs Historical Society offers a walking tour of celebrity homes in the Movie Colony District referred to as "Frank Sinatra Neighborhood".

Explore Palm Springs: 1969 Pop Festival

The Palm Springs Pop Festival held in April 1969 resulted in crowd issues, a death of a 16-year-old boy and a stop to outdoor concert permits being issued.

Explore Palm Springs: Darryl F. Zanuck Estate

Home to movie mogul Darryl F. Zanuck for decades, this substantial estate was built in 1935 in the Movie Colony neighborhood.

Pioneers of the Honky-Tonk

Harriet Allen Lefevre, one of the original owners of Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, reminisces about the famed roadhouse’s rootsy beginnings.

Explore Palm Springs: Sunset Limited Arrives

Led by the brand new E9 locomotive, the Sunset Limited arrived in the Palm Springs Station on March 6, 1955.

Pearl Harbor Documentary Lets Veterans Say, "One Last Goodbye"

"Pearl Harbor, One Last Goodbye", which screens March 16 at the Palm Springs Air Museum, focuses on six survivors who return for the 70th anniversary of the attack.

Explore Palm Springs: Oasis Hotel to Palm Mountain Resort & Spa

The pool and spa at the Palm Mountain Resort & Spa have maintained their original shape from the former Oasis Hotel in 1964.

Explore Palm Springs: 1938 Flood

More than 75 years ago, Palm Springs was just about under water, which is in stark contrast to today's drought.

Explore Palm Springs: Celebrate President's Day

From Herbert Hoover to Barack Obama, the Palm Springs area has a history of attracting sitting presidents.

Explore Palm Springs: Thomas O'Donnell

Thomas O'Donnell's Palm Springs home built in the 1920s later became the clubhouse at the O'Donnell Golf Club.

Explore Palm Springs: Palm Springs International Airport

Up until 1950, then Palm Springs Municipal Airport covered a larger area than New York’s La Guardia Airport.

Explore Palm Springs: Alcott Home

Franklyn Alcott Jr. and his wife Polly built their Palm Springs home in 1925, which stands today and is occupied in the Mesa neighborhood.

Explore Palm Springs: Flood of January 1969

During a period of just three days in January 1969, more than 3.25 inches of rain flooded the streets and homes of Palm Springs.

Explore Palm Springs: Frank Sinatra Honors Father With Medical Library

Frank Sinatra raised the money to build the Martin Anthony Sinatra Medical Education Library in Palm Springs to honor his father.

Explore Palm Springs: Shirley Temple Bungalow

In December of 1937, 9-year-old Shirley Temple christened a bungalow the “Shirley Temple Bungalow" at her favorite vacationing spot, The Desert Inn in Palm Springs.

Explore Palm Springs: Snow? In Palm Springs? Yes, It Has

Contradicting everything you have been taught about weather in the desert oasis, it has snowed in Palm Springs.

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