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Random Facts About Palm Springs
The first recorded white person to visit Palm Springs was Jose Maria Estudillo. He was sent by the newly-formed Mexican government to Alta California in December 1823. He recorded that the town had a spring named Agua Caliente. The San Jacinto Mountains surround Palm Springs to the west.
Palm Springs is known for its midcentury modern architecture, and the Palm Springs Visitors Center is a good place to see examples of this style. The building was once a Tramway gas station that closed in the 1990s, but it was later converted into a visitor center and museum. Here, visitors can learn about the many local attractions and sights to see.
Palm Springs is also a top golf destination. It boasts more golf courses than any other region in California and is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country for golfers. The early courses in Palm Springs included the O’Donnell Golf Club, built by oil magnate Thomas A. O’Donnell, and the El Mirador Hotel course. These two courses were opened in the 1920s and were a popular destination for visitors looking for a challenging game. Another course opened in the 1950s, Thunderbird Country Club, which was designed by Johnny Dawson and Lawrence Hughes. In 1955, it hosted the 11th Ryder Cup championship.
During the ’60s, the late singer Elvis Presley lived in Palm Springs with his wife Priscilla. The couple only lived in the town for one year before eloping to Las Vegas after the press discovered their relationship. The former home has been renovated, and Elvis cutouts can be seen throughout the exterior.