Explore Palm Springs: Deepwell Neighborhood

Melba Bennett penned announcement beckoning friends to return



The Deepwell Neighborhood in South Palm Springs once housed Deep Well Guest Ranch.

Vic Yepello/Palm Springs Real Estate

 

Near where the Deepwell neighborhood now sits off East Palm Canyon Drive in South Palm Springs was once a very popular destination: Deep Well Guest Ranch.

Run by Melba and Frank Bennett, and Dorothy and Philip Boyd in the 1940s, the ranch was a  success story. Melba Bennett was active in the Palm Springs community and founded the Palm Springs Historical Society. Philip Boyd was also Palm Springs' first mayor.

Every year, Melba would send out announcements beckoning visitors back to Deep Well after the ranch's summer hiatus. Melba always created all the graphics for these mailings herself, and composed a witty and fun limerick for each message.

Here is the artwork and the verse Melba created for the 1942 season.

Note the absence of Frank Bennett due to serving in the Army during World War II.

As Palm Springs celebrates its 75th anniversary, there are a multitude of ways to learn more about this desert treasure. One of the more intriguing methods is by exploring the city’s history.

Weekly, the Palm Springs Historical Society will share a story whose time and place corresponds with today.

The Palm Springs Historical is located at 221 S. Palm Canyon Drive. For more information, visit www.pshistoricalsociety.org

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Desert Guide
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Explore Palm Springs: Desert Circus 1947

As the winter season begins to wind down, the annual Desert Circus celebration revs up and brings out locals and visitors for one of the last celebrations before summer arrives.

Explore Palm Springs: Breakfast Flight Fills the Skies

On April 13, 1947, participants of the sixth annual Palm Springs Breakfast Flight darkened the desert sky as the greatest mass flight of private planes in history touched down at the airport in Palm Springs.

Explore Palm Springs: New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker

More and more revelations surfaced about the corruption in New York City as Mayor Jimmy Walker left the Big Apple in the early 1930s for a restorative vacation in Palm Springs.

Explore Palm Springs: Birth of Modernism

Pearl McCallum McManus is known as the person responsible for bringing Modernism to the Palm Springs area as early as 1923 when she hired Lloyd Wright to design an art deco tower for her new Oasis Hotel.

Explore Palm Springs: Western Art at the Autry

The “Western Art at the Autry” art show and auction, held March 2-4, 1990, at the Gene Autry Hotel featured paintings by local artists Paul Grimm and Charles Craig.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions + Contests

2014/15 Best of the Best

2014/15 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

Pets on Parade 2015 Photo Contest

Pets on Parade 2015 Photo Contest

Enter your “Cutest Pet” photo in the Pets on Parade 2015 Photo Contest. Online users will be able to like the Cutest Pet photos from six (6) categories.
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Edit ModuleShow Tags