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Explore Palm Springs: Airport Takes Flight

Just a few months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt inks construction of the Palm Springs Airport.

Renee Brown History

On August 1, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Palm Springs Airport Bill allotting money for the construction of an airport in Palm Springs. The Army Corps of Engineers subleased the land on the site where the Palm Springs International Airport sits today. They built runways, fuel stations, fences and running lights. The new field was named “Palm Springs

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Desert Dreamers 4: The Sports Stars

They came; they saw blue skies, perfect weather, and endless possibilities for indulging their sporting passions.

Kent Black History, Valley

From the beginning, Palm Springs has always been a sporty place. People first came because the dry desert air was good for the lungs (actually, its clean air, devoid of pollution, helps people with conditions like asthma), but it wasn’t long before the sports-minded crowd followed with their tennis rackets, golf clubs, polo mallets, and hiking staffs. Nellie Coffman laid


Explore Palm Springs: When Men Wore Shorts

Shorts were not always the fashion, especially for men.

Renee Brown History

As the days of summer grow longer and hotter, shorts become a fashion staple for both men’s and women’s clothing in Palm Springs. But it wasn’t always that way, according to Frances Bigelow, the first director of the Palm Springs Historical Society. According to an article she wrote in the April 1955 edition of the Palm Springs Villager magazine, local

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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

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.


Be Like Water

A meditation in five parts.

David Ulin History

_ There is a photograph that captures the genesis of modern Southern California, the very instant the region comes into recognizable focus, the instant the place takes shape. The date is Nov. 5, 1913, and the image portrays William Mulholland speaking from a raised platform decorated in bunting as he dedicates the first Los Angeles Aqueduct. This is the moment

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Desert Dreamers 3

Whether through dancing, singing, painting, or playing, their lives and art reflect our valley.

Maggie Downs History

One of the stories often told about Palm Springs’ early history (a story like many others with one foot in the truth and the other hovering somewhere near it) is that the valley was a magnet to Hollywood celebrities because many of them had a clause in their contracts forbidding them to travel farther than 120 miles from their studios.

Desert Dreamers

Desert Dreamers 2

For these pioneers, it went beyond civic pride. It became their mission in life.

Maggie Downs History

Back in 1917, the Palm Springs locals didn’t even blink when they saw a woman clad in bib overalls and covered in grease. That was just Zaddie Bunker, proprietor of Bunker’s Garage, a woman who knew how to fix cars. She had a certificate to prove it because she learned her trade in a correspondence course. After her husband left

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Desert Dreamers

They didn’t see emptiness. They only saw possibility.

Maggie Downs History

“There are two deserts,” Randall Henderson wrote in 1937 for his first Desert Magazine letter from the editor. “One is a grim, desolate wasteland. It is the home of venomous reptiles and stinging insects, of vicious thorn-covered plants and trees, and of unbearable heat. This is the desert seen by the stranger speeding along the highway, impatient to be out

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Century of Service

Palm Springs marks its 100th Sunrise Easter celebration April 16 at O’Donnell Golf Course.

Marcia Gawecki History

There are many sunrise Easter services in Southern California, including those held in Riverside, Los Angeles, and Idyllwild, but only Palm Springs has been celebrating it on a golf course continuously for the past 100 years. Former Palm Springs Mayor William Kleindienst was asked by a member of the Our Savior Lutheran Church in Palm Springs to give this 100th

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Explore Palm Springs: Los Angeles Angels

Owner Gene Autry takes the team out on a bike ride around Palm Springs.

Renee Brown History

Gene Autry, co-owner of the Los Angeles Angels, led the way as his baseball team embarked on a bicycle workout Feb. 22, 1962, from the Gene Autry Hotel (now the Parker Palm Springs) to the Polo Grounds, later to be named Palm Springs Angel Stadium. Once the team arrived at the stadium and began batting practice, Manager Bill Rigney blew