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.
On the day after Palm Springs became incorporated, George Welwood Murray deeded the Murray Memorial corner to the city for the library’s new home.
If Palm Springs lies below the radar for celebrities seeking a private retreat, Desert Hot Springs must be invisible.
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.
Golf and tennis rule, but other sports — from auto racing to polo to baseball — have helped shape the character of this desert resort town.
Some of the best history, characters, and color of Palm Springs unfold in its distinctive neighborhoods from the traditional ones developed from the 1920s until shortly after World War II to the midcentury modern enclaves designed by now-iconic architects such as Wexler, Frey, Cody, Palmer and Krisel, and others.
Celebrities discovered Palm Springs long before it was incorporated 75 years ago. Here they let their hair down, relaxed in the sun, and began supporting local civic and charitable activities. For many celebs, it was a natural segue to local politics.
The mention of Palm Springs usually conjures up images of Hollywood movie stars, a playground for the rich and famous, or the golf capital of the world -— certainly not a hub of women’s entrepreneurship.
She led an all-women council that changed the financial destiny of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the California resort communities of Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage.
The expeditions passing through the desert in the mid- to late-1800s saw only arid, barren land. It took vision and grit to see the possibilities of this land. What follows are some of the pioneering men who laid the foundation for today’s Palm Springs.