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.
While living in Palm Springs, Forrest Bird invented ventilators that have been hailed as one of the greatest inventions in modern respiratory medicine.
The Palm Springs headquarters of the City National Bank of Beverly Hills was called “one of the most dramatic structures to rise in Southern California.”
Ron and Barbara Marshall’s book, “Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern”, tells the trend of concrete screen block and following it to Palm Springs.
The Chi Chi was wildly successful under Irwin Schuman, drawing such stars as Nat King Cole, Milton Berle, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong.
Even before he became mayor of Palm Springs, Frank Bogert was the real deal comboy and promoted the city’s western atmosphere.
Jimmy Van Heusen, the guy who wrote the music for Frank Sinatra’s hits, may also be responsible for bringing Ol’ Blue Eyes to the desert.
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