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:
Desert Guide

Related Articles

Sowing Seeds: TV on the Radio Debuts New Album in the Desert

TV on the Radio dove into the songs from its new album, Seeds - coming out next month - during its crowd-pleasing performance at Pappy & Harriet's.

Coachella Hosts Dia de los Muertos Celebration

The city of Coachella will host a two-day event honoring the dead and the living with art, music and other activities during Dia de los Muertos, Nov. 1-2, at Rancho Las Flores Park.

Debra Hovel Footwear Unveils One-of-a-kind Shoes

The recent launch of Debra Hovel Footwear in downtown Palm Springs brings a crowd on Oct. 16 for the exhibition of spectacular hand-crafted shoes.

20th Annual Concierge Award Dinner - Oct. 20, 2014

The 2014 Concierge of the Year Awards dinner was held at the Purple Room, courtesy of owners Tony Marchese and Mark VanLaanen.

Parade of Planes Opens Flying Aviation Expo in Palm Springs

Flying Magazine editor Robert Goyer will experience a homecoming of sorts when he taxis his plane in the Parade of Planes on Oct. 30 to start the 2014 Flying Aviation Expo.

Promotions + Contests

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.
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.
Enter to Win A Celebrate Dance Experience!

Enter to Win A Celebrate Dance Experience!

Enter just once for a chance to win tickets to one of the second annual Palm Desert International Dance Festival performances.