Palm Springs resident and actor William Gargan appeared in his first film in 1928, and by 1940 he had appeared in more than 55 motion pictures.
Katherine Siva Saubel became the dominant interpreter of Cahuilla history and culture in the Coachella Valley area.
Many date groves were planted during the early days of Palm Springs, and they quickly became one of city’s most popular commodities.
Founded in 1955, the Palm Springs Historical Society has been preserving the history of Palm Springs for 58 years.
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.
In September 1955, the “Palm Springs Villager” showcased frequent desert visitor Esther Williams reportedly sitting in front of a pool built by her own company.
Palm Springs architects Donald Wexler and Ric Harrison designed the first 10 homes to be built by Robert C. Higgins for the Sunmor neighborhood in 1955.
In the summer of 1949, the installation of more than 300 palm trees along Palm Canyon Drive was part of a $950,000 civic improvement plan began in downtown Palm Springs.
During construction of the iconic home for Bob and Delores Hope, an accident led to a fire that gutted the partially completed structure on July 24, 1973.
During its 75th anniversary year, we invite you to Explore Palm Springs, and get to know the city through interesting historical highlights to be posted on a bi-monthly basis.