Palm Desert

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Arcadia Publishing, 2009 - History - 127 pages
Desert insiders know Palm Desert as the geographic and cultural heart of the Coachella Valley. This resort town with over 30 golf courses started as a barren outpost aptly named Sand Hole. Founder Cliff Henderson envisioned a modern utopia growing from the scrub andaas a centerpieceabuilt the Shadow Mountain Club in 1948. With its glamorous figure-eight swimming pool and high-dive competitions, the club drew celebrities, presidents, and future residents. Cliffas brother Randall Henderson spotlighted another side of desert life when he established the headquarters of Desert Magazine in the new town, luring readers to pack up their jeeps and move to Palm Desert. The brothersa twin vision made Palm Desert the irresistible blend of city and wilderness it is today. Visitors can shop El Paseo, known as the aRodeo Drive of the Desert,a then in 10 minutes embark on a mountainous thrill rideathe Palms to Pines Highway.

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The photographs in this book come from the collection of the Historical Society of Palm Desert, as well as the never-before-displayed private collections of Cliff Henderson and other pioneers. The photographs were compiled by Hal Rover, past president of the Historical Society of Palm Desert; Kim Housken, member of the Palm Desert Historic Preservation Committee; and Brett Romer, vice president of the Historical Society of Palm Desert.

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