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Palm Springs

by Philip Greenspun, 1998


Downtown.

Palm Springs is two hours east of Los Angeles on I-10. It is famous for gold, Republicans, retirees, and homosexuals.

Wind Farm

My favorite part of Palm Springs is the huge wind farm just west of town.

Indian Canyons

The Agua Caliente Indians own three canyons that cut into the San Jacinto Mountains: Murray Canyon, Andreas Canyon, and Palm Canyon. The latter is famous for a grove of 3,000 fan palm trees. This is California's only native species of palm tree.

Fan Palms. This is California's only native species of palm tree. Palm Canyon. Palm Springs, California Fan Palms. This is California's only native species of palm tree. Palm Canyon. Palm Springs, California Fan Palms. This is California's only native species of palm tree. Palm Canyon. Palm Springs, California

Fan Palms. This is California's only native species of palm tree. Palm Canyon. Palm Springs, California Fan Palms. This is California's only native species of palm tree. Palm Canyon. Palm Springs, California

... and on the road leading to the canyon ...

Cactus Flower. Palm Canyon Drive. Palm Springs, California. Flowers. Palm Canyon Drive. Palm Springs, California.

Moorten Botanical Garden

At 1701 South Palm Canyon Drive, you'll find the following scene:

Downtown

Golf

I wish that I had more photographs of the beautiful golf courses in Palm Springs but the sport is so exciting that I can't hold the camera still long enough to capture it.

Not Palm Springs

Palm Desert is just east of Palm Springs, but it is more or less the same idea.


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Norm Carpenter , April 15, 1999; 04:48 P.M.

Our company used to have their annual sales meeting in Palm Springs. Nice place and I did enjoy the golf courses (as a participant not a spectator). Each year we would be escorted to a course by bus. One year the driver was full of local history and was more than willing to share with us. One of his stories still remains in my brain. It seems that Palm Springs was the invention of the railroad, or at least the part where buildings have been erected. The railroad wanted to create a playground for the new rich of L.A. One problem stood in their way, Palm Springs was deeded to an Indian tribe. The tribe agreed to allow the railroad to exchange alternating square miles of property on their reservation thinking that they would be able to cash in on the railroad development. The tribe signed half their land away on a new treaty and then found that the agreement forbade them from selling or developing any of their property. The railroad gained Palm Springs and did not dilute their share with the indians. Every other square mile of Palm Springs remained desolute until many decades later, when the indian tribe learned about land lease. Several of the tribe members became millionaires overnight.


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