Palm Springs, California
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The city of Palm Springs is located in Riverside County, California – which is situated within the Coachella Valley. The Cahuilla people lived in Coachella Valley 350-500 years prior to imperialist colonization. The Cahuilla called the area “Se-Khi” or boiling water.
The first outside expedition to explore this particular area of the Coachella Valley were Mexicans Jose Maria Estudillo and Brevet Captain Jose Romero in 1823. However, this area, which would come to be known as Palm Springs, was ceded to the United States in 1848 following the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
Palm Springs derives from the Spanish – La Palma de la Mano de Dios or “The Palm of God’s hand.” The name could also be referring to the native California fan palm, which is abundant in the area. The city of Palm Springs would not be incorporated until April 20th, 1938.
Palm Springs is today considered a desert resort city. According to a 2013 estimate by the US Census Bureau, the city of Palm Springs, California has a total population of 46,281 people.
In Roger C. Palmer’s Palm Springs (Then & Now), the author claims 1.6 million tourists visited the city of Palm Springs in 2011. In fact, tourism is considered the backbone of Palm Springs’ economy. As reported by The Payson Roundup, Palm Springs is home to more than 130 hotels and resorts, countless bed and breakfasts, and over a hundred restaurants and other gastrointestinal establishments.
The city of Palm Springs is also renowned as being a hub for mid-20th century architecture. One of the most famous businesses in the area, the Ace Hotel & Swim Club, is a renovated mid-20th century motel. Other businesses based out of Palm Springs, California include Bird Medical Technologies, Colony Palms Hotel (which opened in 1936), and Raven Productions, which produces local television programs.
Palm Springs, California is also home to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway “is the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world.” It opened in September of 1963 and was envisioned as a form of transportation for passengers who wished to rise from the floor of the Coachella Valley to the top of San Jacinto Peak. This meant that Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is located within “rugged” Chino Canyon.
Palm Springs also features the Palm Springs Convention Center. This convention center, which is 245,000 square feet, was designed by architect William Pereira in 1974. It was renovated in 2005 by Fentress Architects, who “pulled colors and design elements from the surrounding desert.”
Palm Springs, California is home to two professional sports teams. The semi-pro Palm Springs POWER of the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League play their home games at Palm Springs Stadium. Founded in 2004, POWER have won an astounding six league championships since then. Palm Springs Chill of the California Winter League (of Baseball), also play their home games in Palm Springs Stadium. The Chill were founded in 2008.
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