Credited as the first African-American resident in Palm Springs, Lawrence Crossley built companies and developed land for affordable housing.
John McCallum was the first to bring water to the desert by constructing a stone-lined ditch that brought water from Tahquitz Canyon to his ranch.
Fig Tree John, also known as Juanito Razon, was credited with planting the first fig tree in the Coachella Valley and inspiring a novel by Edwin Corle.
Jim Maynard was extra large. At 6-foot-6 and 300+ pounds, his wild adventures and kind demeanor made him larger than life after moving to Palm Springs.
An affiliate of the Columbia Broadcasting System, radio station KCMJ was installed specifically to serve Greater Palm Springs in 1947.
The B-Bar-H Ranch promoted its natural hot mineral springs, soon becoming an invitation-only resort located just 10 miles northeast of Palm Springs.
The Desert Plays begun by Garnet Holme in 1921 performed in an outdoor theatre in Tahquitz Canyon held at sunset to offset the heat of the day.
While living in Palm Springs, Forrest Bird invented ventilators that have been hailed as one of the greatest inventions in modern respiratory medicine.
Harris Posey, the new manager at the brand-new Bullock’s Department Store, and a young employee, organized The Los Compadres, a local horseback riding club.
Prior to 1930, many of the names of the streets in Palm Springs reflected the agricultural roots of the village, while others connect to the city’s history.