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The Wild West That Never Was

With their shitkickers, six guns, and 10-gallon hats, the early denizens of Palm Springs 
lived out their cow-punching fantasies.

Kent Black Current PSL, History

The Western mythos of Palm Springs was an invention. Those who created and perpetrated this fantasy loved riding horses and loved the beauty and wildness of the desert.

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Explore Palm Springs: TKO on Boxing

Promoter's bid to hold boxing match at Riviera Hotel in January 1964 is denied by Palm Springs City Council.

Renee Brown History

In January 1964, Palm Springs city council members were surprised to discover a legal notice had been published in the newspaper for a boxing event Feb. 3 at the Riviera Hotel.

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Desert Dreamers 5: The Eccentric Visionaries

There is no doubt that the limitless possibilities offered by the desert often attract the most eccentric personalities. But it would be a mistake to call them crazy. It sometimes takes a generation or two to discover the genius of a nutball.

Kent Black History

In Desert Dreamers 5, There is no doubt that the limitless possibilities offered by the desert often attract the most eccentric personalities.

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Explore Palm Springs: Equestrian Field Club

Horseback riding dominated the early history of Palm Springs among a wealth of outdoor activities.

Renee Brown History

There were nine stables in Palm Springs in the 1930s. Many of these stables were located along Avenida Caballeros, which translates to “Avenue of the Cowboys”. In November of 1935, a group of villagers including many of the same businessmen who were actively garnering support for the city’s incorporation, came together and formed the Palm Springs Field Club. Members of

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Explore Palm Springs: Bavarian Beer Festival

Began in 1952 when the El Mirador Hotel reopened under the ownership of Ray Ryan.

Renee Brown History

The Bavarian Beer Festival at El Mirador Hotel began in 1952 when the hotel reopened under the ownership of Ray Ryan. Ryan purchased the property after it had been decommissioned as an Army hospital. He updated the painting and remodeled the pool. When he opened the doors, he initiated many unique events that added a new appeal not only to