24 Facts About Coachella Valley


Coachella Valley is an arid rift valley in the Colorado Desert of Southern California's Riverside County.

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Coachella Valley is notable as the location of several wintertime resort cities, especially Palm Springs, that have become popular destinations for snowbirds—people who live in cold climates and seek out warmer weather during winters.

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Coachella Valley connects with the Greater Los Angeles area to the west via the San Gorgonio Pass, a major transportation corridor, traversed by Interstate 10 and by the Union Pacific Railroad.

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The Coachella Valley is sometimes called the Desert Empireto differentiate it from the broader Inland Empire.

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Coachella Valley became popular among celebrities from Frank Sinatra to Dakota Fanning who came to enjoy vacations and winter homes in the desert resort community.

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Coachella Valley is the northernmost extent of the vast Salton Trough, called the Cahuilla Basin, which includes the Salton Sea, and the Imperial Valley in the United States, as well as the Mexicali Valley and Colorado River Delta in Mexico.

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The surrounding mountains create Thermal Belts in the immediate foothills of the Coachella Valley, leading to higher night-time temperatures in the winter months, and lower daytime temps during the summer months.

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Coachella Valley is the northwestern extension of the Sonoran Desert to the southeast, and as such, is extremely arid.

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Desert wildlife in the Coachella Valley includes localized subspecies of ants, bats, beetles, blackbirds, bobcats, coyotes, diamondbacks, fleas, foxes, gnats, gophers, hawks, horseflies, jackrabbits, kangaroo rats, mosquitoes, mountain lions, pigeons, quails, rattlesnakes, ravens, roaches, roadrunners, scorpions, spiders, termites, ticks, vipers, wasps, whip scorpions or "vinegaroons", and wildcats.

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Coachella Valley was settled by a diverse array of races and ethnicities.

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The 1930 U S census found less than half the Coachella Valley's population was "white", the rest were Mexicans especially in the eastern ends when traqueros arrived to maintain the area's railroads, and Native Americans of local tribes in what were then impoverished reservations.

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Coachella Valley is the primary date-growing region in the United States, responsible for nearly 95 percent of the nation's crop and is celebrated each year in Indio during the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival.

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The Coachella Valley showed promise, so USDA horticulturist Bernard Johnson planted a number of shoots that he brought back from Algeria in September 1903.

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The city of Coachella Valley is the primary shipping point for agricultural goods.

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Coachella Valley was once a safe haven for hay fever allergy sufferers before the surge of golf courses and year-round lawns, and people with bronchitis, emphysema and asthma chose to relocate for health reasons in the early half of the 20th century.

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Coachella Valley is served by three public school districts: the Coachella Valley Unified School District of Coachella; Desert Sands Unified School District serving La Quinta, Indio and Palm Desert; and Palm Springs Unified School District of Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, and Desert Hot Springs.

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Coachella Valley, under the title "Palm Springs", is a distinct Nielsen and Arbitron ratings market, with eight local television stations and twenty radio stations.

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The first television station in the Coachella Valley is KMIR channel 6 by John Conte and Bob Hope, the NBC affiliate premiered in 1968 remains on the air as the desert's longest running TV station.

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The eastern Coachella Valley can receive Mexican television from Mexicali, 90 miles away.

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The Desert Valley Star Weekly is an independent community weekly that covers the Coachella Valley, and the Desert Entertainer is a calendar-type entertainment weekly produced by Hi-Desert Publishing.

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Coachella Valley has the Vietnam War veterans' memorial to represent their community's high representation of armed forces volunteers, a large percentage had Spanish surnames since the city's population are over 90 percent Latino.

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Coachella Valley retained local conservative talk radio host Marshall Gilbert as his campaign manager in a successful bid that not only put Bono back in the public eye, but fueled his later campaign for a seat on the United States Congress, a position he held until his death in a skiing accident in 1998.

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Coachella Valley's was defeated by Democrat Raul Ruiz in the 2012 election, and moved to Florida.

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Coachella Valley would hang out in Palm Springs, as well in San Francisco and West Hollywood, but he eventually chose Reno as his hometown.

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