37 Facts About Palm Springs


Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Colorado Desert's Coachella Valley.

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The earliest use of the name "Palm Springs" is from United States Topographical Engineers who used the term in 1853 maps.

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Palm Springs asked Dr Welwood Murray to establish a hotel across the street from his residence.

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In 1906 naturalist and travel writer George Wharton James's two volume The Wonders of the Colorado Desert described Palm Springs as having "great charms and attractiveness" and included an account of his stay at Murray's hotel.

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Palm Springs became popular with movie stars in the 1930s and estate building expanded into the Movie Colony neighborhoods, Tahquitz River Estates, and Las Palmas neighborhoods.

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The original airfield near Palm Springs became a staging area for the Air Corps Ferrying Command's 21st Ferrying Group in November 1941 and a new airfield was built.

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Culver argues that Palm Springs architecture became the model for mass-produced suburban housing, especially in the Southwest.

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Palm Springs was pictured by the French photographer Robert Doisneau in November 1960 as part of an assignment for Fortune on the construction of golf courses in this particularly dry and hot area of the Colorado desert.

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At the time, Palm Springs counted just 19 courses, which had grown to 125 by 2010.

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Similar to the pre-war era, Palm Springs remained popular with the rich and famous of Hollywood, as well as retirees and Canadian tourists.

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Palm Springs became a desired destination as the COVID-19 pandemic began; the city saw an increase of residents from larger cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, with new residents seeking less dense areas from which to work remotely.

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In 1990, due to complaints by residents, mayor Sonny Bono and the city council closed the city's Palm Springs Canyon Drive to spring breakers and the downtown businesses, normally filled with tourists, lost money.

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In 2020, Christy Holstege became the mayor of Palm Springs, which made her the first openly bisexual mayor in the United States, as well as the first female mayor of Palm Springs.

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Movement behind mid-century modern architecture in Palm Springs is backed by architecture enthusiasts, designers, and local historians to preserve many of Palm Springs' buildings and homes of famous celebrities, businessmen, and politicians.

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Palm Springs has a hot desert climate, with over 300 days of sunshine and 4.

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City of Palm Springs has developed a program to identify distinctive neighborhoods in the community.

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Palm Springs has one of the highest concentrations of same-sex couples of any community in the United States.

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Palm Springs has the fifth-highest percentage of same-sex households in the nation.

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In January 2018, Palm Springs ushered in America's first all-LGBTQ city government.

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Downtown Palm Springs shopping is anchored by historic La Plaza, built in 1936.

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Many years, The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies was a stage-show at the historic Plaza Theatre featuring performers over the age of 55.

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Still Kicking: The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies is a 1997 Mel Damski short documentary film about the Follies.

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The downtown street fair has been a regular Thursday evening event, drawing tourists and locals alike to Palm Springs Canyon Drive to stroll amid the food and craft vendors.

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Palm Springs is home to the Palm Springs POWER, a semi-pro collegiate league baseball team composed of college all-stars of the Southern California Collegiate Baseball Association.

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Palm Springs stadium was once the spring training site of the Major League Baseball California Angels of the American League from 1961 to 1993.

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Early golf courses in Palm Springs were the O'Donnell Golf Club and the El Mirador Hotel course, both of which opened in the 1920s.

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Palm Springs was credited with leading the city as it evolved from a small resort town into a larger community.

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Palm Springs is in Supervisorial District 4 of Riverside County represented by Democrat V Manuel Perez.

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Palm Springs is the seat of government and the administrative capital for the tribal council of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

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Public education in Palm Springs is under the jurisdiction of the Palm Springs Unified School District, an independent district with five board members.

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Palm Springs is the 144th largest TV market as defined by AC Nielsen.

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The Palm Springs DMA is unique among TV markets as it is entirely located within only a small portion of Riverside County.

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Also, while most areas received their first local television stations during the 1950s, Palm Springs did not receive its first TV stations until October 1968 when stations KPLM-TV and KMIR-TV debuted.

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One of the first transportation routes for Palm Springs was on the Bradshaw Trail, an historic overland stage coach route from San Bernardino to La Paz, Arizona.

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Palm Springs area has been a filming location, topical setting, and storyline subject for many films, television shows, and works of literature.

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Fauna of Palm Springs is mostly species adapted to desert, temperature extremes and to lack of moisture.

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Palm Springs is home to tarantulas and various scorpion species, including the vinegaroon.

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