Intriguing Stories - Articles Archive

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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Boyle, Bogert touted Palm Springs to nation

Desert Sun - October 25, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

Johnny Boyle

Hollywood star Ginny Simms made Palm Springs home after fulfilling life

Desert Sun - October 18, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

Ginny Simms

Palm Springs Police Show a site to behold

Desert Sun - October 11, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

Palm Springs Police Show

Riviera Hotel had transformative majesty 

Desert Sun - October 04, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

Riviera Hotel

Closure of printing press marks milestone

Desert Sun - September 27, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

Desert Sun Printing Press closure 

Supples offered Palm Springs a certain allure

Desert Sun - September 20, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

Rozene Supple

History: Harold Lloyd's Movie Colony estate

Desert Sun - September 13, 2020
By Tracy Conrad 

Harold Lloyd Move Colony estate

Dates find a prodigious home in the Coachella Valley

Desert Sun - September 6, 2020
By Tracy Conrad


Illustrations conjured desert's style and society with flair

Desert Sun - August 30, 2020
By Tracy Conrad


Her original drawings languished in a file cabinet for decades until finally discovered as long-buried treasure and published as a diminutive coffee table book. Flipping through the pages conjures up a most delightful sense of the fun of the desert and makes it easy to imagine the world according to Rovinsky, her particular view of Palm Springs. 

No swanky desert home should be without the tiny tome

Alice Rovinsky Book - Palm Springs Life


History: Civil rights, diversity in Coachella

Desert Sun - August 23, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

civil rights, diversity

Shadow Mountain Club has something for everyone

Desert Sun - August 16, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

Shadow Mountain Club

'Distinctive' Firecliff Lodge put Palm Desert on map

Desert Sun - August 9, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

Firecliff Lodge

Asians worked closely with Nellie Coffman amid war, racial tensions

Desert Sun - August 2, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

Asians with Nellie Coffman

Mexican heritage deeply ingrained in the story of Palm Springs

Desert Sun - July 26, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

Marmolejo Family with Frank Bogert
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Palm Springs history: A plan for affordable housing and a fight against the federal conservatorships

Desert Sun - July 19, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

Lawrence Crossley

How Section 14 became heart of bustling downtown

Desert Sun - July 12, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

Section 14 past and present

'You Can't Eat Dirt': Tribal leader Vyola Ortner and Section 14

Desert Sun - July 5, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

Vyola Ortner Tribal Leader "You Can't Eat Dirt'

Palm Desert's storied origins now collected

Desert Sun - June 28, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

Palm Desert's origins


Smoke trees: An example of desert beauty

Desert Sun - June 21, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

smoke trees



Fig Tree John story - real and novelized - again relevant

Desert Sun - June 14, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

Fig Tree John

Jim Maynard lived a life of adventure

Desert Sun - June 7, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

jim maynard 

Defining the aesthetics of early SoCal style

Desert Sun - May 31, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

early SoCal style

Linsk and the 'singular appeal' of 'Poolside Gossip'

Desert Sun - May 24, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

Nelda Linsk

Willard sharpened his art in the desert

Desert Sun - May 17, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

Stephen Willard Desert Sun May17, 2020 Willard sharpened his art in the desert
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 Stephen H. Willard artists Pursuit of the Purple Shadow

Desert beauty gave artists solace, inspiration

Desert Sun - May 10, 2020
By Tracy Conrad

Gordon Coutts Artist

This Palm Springs power couple made their mark

Desert Sun - May 03, 2020
By Tracy Conrad 

Mickey Wheeler
George Wheeler

 'Renaissance Man' Milt Jones

Desert Sun - April 26, 2020
By Tracy Conrad 

Milt Jones

Earl Cordrey used his art to redefine Palm Springs

Desert Sun - April 19, 2020
By Tracy Conrad 

illustrator Earl Cordrey

B-Bar-H Ranch Club: Old West life 10 miles from city

Desert Sun - April 12, 2020
By Tracy Conrad 

B-Bar-H Ranch

Dr. Dick Roger: A local legend in more ways than one

Desert Sun - April 5, 2020
By Tracy Conrad 

Dr. Dick Roger

Forrest Bird, creator of the revolutionary 'resuscitator,' puts Palm Springs on the map

Desert Sun - March 29, 2020
By Tracy Conrad 
Desert Sun Mar29, 2020 Forrest Bird

Indio hospital's founder a foremost citizen

Desert Sun - March 22, 2020
By Tracy Conrad 

Dr. Reynaldo Carreon

The origins of Palm Springs' Desert Hospital

Desert Sun - March 15, 2020
By Tracy Conrad 

Desert Hospital

Palm Springs' splendor expands eastward

Desert Sun - March 08, 2020
By Tracy Conrad 

Desi Arnaz Hotel

Country Club honors an original member 

Desert Sun - March 01, 2020
By Tracy Conrad 

Hoagy Carmichael

Pathfinders: A powerful force for Palm Springs' good

Desert Sun - February 23, 2020
By Tracy Conrad 

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A Remarkable Horsewoman

Desert Sun - February 16, 2020
By Tracy Conrad 

Jane Lykken Hoff A Remarkable Horsewoman 

The Center was most important midcentury building in Palm Springs

Desert Sun - February 09, 2020
By Tracy Conrad 

The Center midcentury building in Palm Springs

 City Hall symbol of 'relentless progress'

Desert Sun - February 02, 2020
By Tracy Conrad 

City Hall

'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 


Radio entrepreneurs helped to shape desert community

Desert Sun - September 01, 2019
By Tracy Conrad


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


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



Haines rose to Hollywood fame in the 1920s

Desert Sun - June 30, 2019
By Tracy Conrad



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