The area was first known as the Old MacDonald Ranch, but the name changed to Palm Village in the 1920s when date palms were planted. Local historians said the main residents of pre-1950 Palm Desert were Cahuilla Indian farmers of the now extinct San Cayetano tribe, but a few members of the Montoya family of Cahuilla/Spanish descent were prominent leaders in civic life.[SUP][/SUP] The first residential development occurred in 1943 in connection with an Army maintenance camp in the area. That site was later developed into "El Paseo", an upscale shopping district not unlike Rodeo Drive. In 1948, the Palm Desert Corporation began to develop real estate, and in 1951 the area was given its present name.
Thanks - good point. As well, the Desert Training Center was located nearby, with Patton headquartered in Indio. The area of the intersection is just off Country Club near Washington, and is a commercial/light industrial area. For that reason, I had not even thought of the area military connection. By the way, The co-founder of Palm Desert was Clifford Henderson of Cleveland, OH, National Air Races fame, who moved to the area for health reasons. Thanks again for your information.
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