Sixty years ago, owner Gene Autry brought professional baseball to Palm Springs Stadium when the Angels opened spring training.
Harriet Cody helped begin a movement of significant pioneer women who created a community that later became a world-class destination.
King Camp Gillette, inventor of the safety razor, first came to Palm Springs as a hotel guest and later built a home just south of downtown.
Nellie Coffman began a tradition that made sure every child in Palm Springs was part of the city’s holiday celebration at The Desert Inn.
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.