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Enjoy the stories that share the vibrant past of Palm Springs. Discover the visionaries and spirited people who helped form this desert oasis. The colorful people who lived and played here.

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'Different and Useful' Frank & Melba Bennetts' contributions to life in Palm Springs

Desert Sun - January 26, 2020
By Tracy Conrad 

Frank and Melba Bennett

 

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway was audacious project

Desert Sun - January 19, 2020
By Tracy Conrad 

 

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

 

New Yorker builder's unprecedented present to Palm Springs was Canyon Country Club

Desert Sun - January 12, 2020
By Tracy Conrad 

Canyon Country Club
 

The harsh sun of the desert led to Architectural Stardom

Desert Sun - January 05, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

screen block

Desert Magazine: A feat of pure courage

Desert Sun - December 29, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Desert Magazine: A feat of pure courage

Sun Time in the Desert

Desert Sun - December 22, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Sun Time in the Desert

'Inspiration Point' gave Despression-era a boost

Desert Sun - December 15, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Inspiration Point gave Depression-era a boost Desert Sun Dec 15, 2019

Gossip Greats Graced the Desert Scene

Desert Sun - December 08, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Gossip Greats Desert Sun Dec 08, 2019

Desert Dog Show was Fancy

Desert Sun - December 01, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Desert Dog Show
 

 

Hat Time in Palm Springs was Homemade Fun

Desert Sun - November 24, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Hat Time

 

Desert Jazz Cat Phil Harris was Cool by Every Definition

Desert Sun - November 17, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Jazz Cat Phil Harris

 

International Jazz Festival Finally a Go

Desert Sun - November 10, 2019
By Tracy Conrad 

Jazz Festival in Palm Springs

 

'Bernard of Hollywood' started it all for Monroe

Desert Sun - November 03, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Marilyn Monroe Desert Sun Nov 03, 2019

 

Los Compadres brought together local riders from all walks of life

Desert Sun - October 27, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Los Compadres Desert Sun

 

O’Donnell Golf Club landscape is most historic

Desert Sun - October 20, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

O'Donnell Golf Course

Eldorado Country Club and Golf Course lives up to its name

Desert Sun - October 13, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

El Dorado Country Club

How the city of Palm Springs got its library

Desert Sun - September 29, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

How Library got it's Name

What's in a Coachella Valley Street name? Lots of history.

Desert Sun - September 15, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

road names

Supple's life and work simple remarkable

Desert Sun - September 09, 2019
By Tracy Conrad 

Supples

Radio entrepreneurs helped to shape desert community

Desert Sun - September 01, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

radio

Spectacular architecture, art adorned this Palm Springs bank

Desert Sun - August 25, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Art Bank

The inspired architecture of Palm Springs' mid-century banks

Desert Sun - August 18, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

BankOfAmerica

Gardening in the desert

Desert Sun - August 09, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Gardening in the Desert

 

The extravagant dinner parties of the desert

Desert Sun - August 04, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Extravagant dinners of the desert

Writer saw Palm Springs in a different light

Desert Sun - July 28, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Writer saw Palm Springs in a different light

 

Marx Brothers' impact on Palm Springs lives on

Desert Sun - July 21, 2019
By Tracy Conrad 

Marx Brothers' impact on Palm Springs lives on

Development of Desert Hot Springs Depended on Big Dream

Desert Sun - July 14, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Desert Highlands Hot Springs

Romonaff's on the Rocks was fit for Hollywood royalty

Desert Sun - July 07, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Romanoff's

 

Haines rose to Hollywood fame in the 1920s

Desert Sun - June 30, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

LucilleBallDesertCircusQueen

 

The valley finally gets a community college

Desert Sun - June 23, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

College of the Desert 1960s

 

Tachevah dry falls tamed by politcal debate

Desert Sun - June 16, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Tachevah dry falls tamed by polical debate

 

How the Desert Inn Met It's Doom

Desert Sun - June 09, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

 

The trees of summer: Smoke trees, cacti, palms

Desert Sun - June 03, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

 

 

Celebs, locals sought Dr. Chuck Supple

Desert Sun - June 02, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

 

 

 

Pacific islands’ style enthralled hotels in 1960s

Desert Sun - May 26, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

 

Palm Springs architecture imported by rich

Desert Sun - May 19, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

architecture rich

 

How Minerva Hamilton Hoyt saved Joshua Tree park

Desert Sun - May 12, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Joshua Tree

 

How Palm Springs High School got its start

Desert Sun - May 05, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Palm Springs High School

 

 

Helen Rose’s high fashion and stylist life

Desert Sun - Feb 10, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Helen Rose

 

Loewy streamlined daily life 

Desert Sun - Jan 13, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

Raymond Loewy

 

How diners came to be a staple

Desert Sun - Jan 06, 2019
By Tracy Conrad

How Diners Came to be a Staple
 

 

Palm Springs’ early influencers

Desert Sun - June 24, 2018
By Tracy Conrad

 

The rich history of desert gardening

Desert Sun - June 10, 2018
By Tracy Conrad

 

Desert Circus a much-beloved local event

Desert Sun - May 06, 2018
By Tracy Conrad

Desert Circus

 

 

Palm Springs horse trails legacy of Desert Riders

Desert Sun - May 20, 2018
By Tracy Conrad

Desert Riders

 

A date with destiny for sweet desert treat

Desert Sun - May 27, 2018
By Tracy Conrad

 

Palm Springs’ nightclub scene thrived

Desert Sun - Dec 30, 2018
By Tracy Conrad 

Nightclub Scene

 

Christmas music, desert connected

Desert Sun - Dec 24, 2017
By Tracy Conrad 

Jimmy Van Heusen

 

How early PS holidays were celebrated

Desert Sun - Dec 23, 2017
By Tracy Conrad 
Early Palm Springs Holidays

 

Shaking the Trees - Column of tamarisks spurs debate on aesthetics, racism

Desert Sun - Dec 21, 2017
By Corinne S Kennedy 

 

The struggle with daylight saving time

Desert Sun - Dec 21, 2017
By Tracy Conrad 

Daylight Savings Time

 

A Palm Springs Christmas story

Desert Sun - Dec 21, 2017
By Renee Brown 

Christmas Story

 

Desert played role in timeless holiday songs

Desert Sun - Dec 16, 2018
By Tracy Conrad 

Landscaper shaped state’s image

Desert Sun - Dec 09, 2018
By Tracy Conrad 

All about fashion and ‘Palm Springs Label’

Desert Sun -Dec 03, 2017
By Renee Brown