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Explore Palm Springs: Mayor Frank Bogert

The real-life cowboy was the first mayor of Palm Springs to be elected.

Renee Brown History

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Frank Bogert escorts President John F. Kennedy on March 24, 1962.

Palm Springs’ most famous cowboy, Frank Bogert, served the city of Palm Springs as mayor twice — from 1958-1966 and again from 1982-1988.

When he served his first term, he was elected as a city councilman and then appointed by his fellow councilmen as the mayor. In 1982, Bogert was elected after the city put the position on the ballot.

As mayor, Bogert welcomed many distinguished visitors to the city, including several presidents — Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford when they flew into the Palm Springs Airport.

International dignitaries included the President of Mexico and both Prince Phillip and Prince Charles from the British Empire.

There is a multitude of ways to Explore Palm Springs, which turned 75 in 2013. One of the more intriguing methods is by exploring Palm Springs history. The Palm Springs Historical Society will share a story whose time and place corresponds with today.

The Palm Springs Historical Society is located at 221 S. Palm Canyon Drive.
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