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.
The first inaugural trip of the Palm Springs Tram was made on Sept. 12, 1963 after the anticipated date of completion, Aug. 3, was delayed.
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.
To be eligible to vote in the Palm Springs 1940 election, a voter had to be present in the city on Election Day and vote at the polls in their own wards.
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.
Because Hollywood stars were obliged by contract to be within driving distance in the event of reshoots, many chose Palm Springs as a short-term getaway. And many stayed.
In December 1945, the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce proposed a daylight savings time plan to give the business district an extra hour of sunshine.
Cathedral City held a “Fiesta” in December 1950 to raise the extra money needed to construct curbs and gutters on Highway 111 to aid local businesses.
In Desert Dreamers 5, there is no doubt that the limitless possibilities offered by the desert often attract the most eccentric personalities.