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Books featuring the History of Desert Hot Springs


Postcards from the Desert

A Brief History of Desert Hot Springs

by the Desert Hot Springs Historical Society

8 1/2" x 8 1/2" 75 pages, spiral bound

$26.50 (US shipping included)


As the saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words." It is our hope the postcards included in this book will provide a brief and colorful picture of the history of Desert Hot Springs.  While postcards can carry congratulatory messages, birthday and holiday greetings, jokes, etc. they most often are pictures of places, sent by a traveler to friends and relatives back home. As such they serve to document historical buildings, eras and events.  It is this type of card we include in the book to tell the story of Desert Hot Springs, beginning with its earliest days and continuing through the years.


$26.50 (US shipping included)


Celebrities in Hiding

by Audrey Moe

5 3/8" x 8 1/2" 210 pages, paperback

$18.49 (US shipping included)


How does a small town in the California desert become a celebrity destination?  Was it just random that Marilyn Monroe spent a secluded week there shortly before her tragic death? What did Cary Grant do to get expelled from the local museum and is the legend of Al Capone building his hideout and surviving an assassination attempt fact or fiction?  Why does an exclusive resort catering to celebrity guests keep their names secret?  Stories about Janet Gaynor, Al Capone, Peter Lorre, Ray Ryan, William Powell, Al Jolson, William Holden, Cary Grant, Gene Autry, Harry Bennett, Jennifer Jones, Mamie Eisenhower, Elizabeth Taylor, John Travolta, Robert McAlmon, Chuck Connors, Clark Gable, Eden Ahbez, Frank Sinatra, Robert Altman, Joseph Wambaugh, Walter Cronkite, Natalie Wood, John Lautner, William S. Burroughs, Steve Lowe, Paul Krassner, Nancy Cain, Huell Howser, Paul Gregory and more.


$18.49 (US shipping included)


The Waters of Comfort

The Story of Desert Hot Springs

by John Hunt

5 3/8" x 8 1/4" 293 pages, paperback

$30.50 (US shipping included)


Historian John Hunt captures the origination, development, struggles and growth of our "city on the hill."  This is must read for those wanting to get a grasp on the history of Desert Hot Springs.

$30.50 (US shipping included)