Ruby’s Dunes became a celebrity hangout thanks to Frank Sinatra encouraging his friends to join him at the Palm Springs restaurant.
During the 1930s and ’40s, summer baseball brought a welcome diversion from the summer heat and slowdown in Palm Springs.
A unique figure-eight pool highlighted the Shadow Mountain Resort including high dives, water slides, and a view of the Santa Rosa mountains.
Credited as the first African-American resident in Palm Springs, Lawrence Crossley built companies and developed land for affordable housing.
John McCallum was the first to bring water to the desert by constructing a stone-lined ditch that brought water from Tahquitz Canyon to his ranch.
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.
The Desert Plays begun by Garnet Holme in 1921 performed in an outdoor theatre in Tahquitz Canyon held at sunset to offset the heat of the day.
Harris Posey, the new manager at the brand-new Bullock’s Department Store, and a young employee, organized The Los Compadres, a local horseback riding club.
For 100 years and counting, big thinkers like Nellie Coffman and her Desert Inn have come to the desert to innovate and transform the way we live.
From the 1960s to ’70s, Palm Springs was busy indulging in a new outdoor recreational vehicle: Dune Buggies — ideal for off-roading in California.