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
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
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
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.
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.
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