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Explore Palm Springs: Fig Tree John

The haunting and elegant image of Fig Tree John makes it easy to understand why he inspired the young short-story writer Edwin Corle to pen an entire book about him.

Tracy Conrad Current Digital, History

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.

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Explore Palm Springs: Forrest Bird

His Bird Assister-Controller Mark III and the Bird Resuscitator Mark VII ventilators have been hailed by medical men throughout the country as one the greatest inventions in modern respiratory medicine.

Tracy Conrad Current Digital, History

While living in Palm Springs, Forrest Bird invented ventilators that have been hailed as one of the greatest inventions in modern respiratory medicine.

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Explore Palm Springs: Bank of America Building

In 1958, Southwest Builder and Contractor magazine proclaimed the Palm Springs headquarters of the then City National Bank of Beverly Hills to be “one of the most dramatic structures to rise in Southern California.”

Tracy Conrad Current Digital, History

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.”

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Explore Palm Springs: Concrete Screen Block

Ron and Barbara Marshall’s book, Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern, recounts the fascinating story of concrete screen block and following the trend to Palm Springs.

Tracy Conrad Current Digital, History, Modernism

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.