Desert Hot Springs

Historical Society



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Spa City





"Spa City"

L.W. Coffee, in 1932, was coaxed by Cabot Yerxa to move in to develop and sell land. July 12, 1941, L.W. Coffee claimed to be the originator, founder, and developer of Desert Hot Springs.


Take a look at these old "visionary sketches" of what would become "Spa City"




1952/3 Brochure                          1956/57 Brochure


(click images download a searchable PDF file)



During the 1950s to 1960s the city had over 40 "spa-tels" as they were called then.  Here are some interesting postcards of that era (click to enlarge):




The following postcards are from the collection of Mrs. Anna Nance












The history of Two Bunch Palms - Did Al Capone have it built as a hideout?

Two Bunch Palms:

Did Al Capone have it built?

(Click for a presentation)