Palm Springs Legends: Creation of a Desert Oasis

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Sunbelt Publications, Inc., 2006 - 286 pages
Palm Springs, long a desert hideaway for celebrities, has a history as unique and varied as its residents. From the original Cahuilla inhabitants of the area, to the settlers who were drawn to the therapeutic waters of the original hot springs, you will get to know the people and stories that made Palm Springs famous.

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Cities Communities of Coachella Valley inside front cover
and Early Explorations
A Settlement Is Born Late 1800s
Women Revive a Village 19051920
Establishing a Community 19101930s
Desert Resort Comes of Age 1940s1950s
Palm SpringsA Late Century Revival
A Sense of History
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Greg Niemann graduated with a degree in journalism from California State University, Los Angeles, and is an accredited business communicator. He was a public relations manager and publications editor with United Parcel Service for over 30 years before he retired. Niemann was president of both the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and was named Communicator of the Year by that organization. He has also served on the board of directors of the Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC).He has been a newspaper columnist and still contributes regularly to several publications. Presently, Niemann is on staff of the San Clemente Journal, writing the Baja Beat column and a travel column featuring Palm Springs and other desert destinations. Most of his articles are travel- or Baja-related, including a series on the Baja missions along with numerous fishing and off-road racing articles. Niemanns previous books include Baja Fever and Baja Legends, which focuses on the characters, events, and locations that put Baja California on the map. Baja Legends was published in 2003, won an award from the Outdoor Writers Association of California, and is in its second printing. A popular speaker, Niemann has presented numerous slide shows and/or book signings at venues including: Barnes & Noble, Borders, Costco, Discover Baja Travel Club; Distant Lands Travel Club, BookExpo America, and the Los Angeles Festival of Books. He is a member of the Friends of the Palm Springs Library, the Palm Springs Historical Society, the Palm Springs Desert Museum, and The Living Desert in Palm Desert. He enjoys hiking in the local palm canyons and preserves and strolling around the village of Palm Springs. Niemann is a fourth generation Californian whose great grandfather at one time published the Pomona Progress and Independent. He and his wife Leila reside in Palm Springs, California, and like to spend time at their weekend home in Cantamar, Baja California, Mexico.

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