100 Years Of Palm Springs History

100 Years Of Palm Springs History- Palm Springs CA History – 1911

Palm Springs History100 Years Of Palm Springs CA History ~1911

Welcome to the next post in our series about Palm Springs CA History ~1911.  The highlight today is J. Smeaton Chase.  Who?  Joseph Smeaton Chase, a man I would call an explorer, adventurer and author of books about California life in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Born in London, he arrived with an inheritance that was lost in the Bank panic of 1890.  Down on his luck, Chase moved to San Diego for a time then moved to Los Angeles where he became a social welfare worker.  His first book was entitled Yosemite and was published in 1911.  Then in 1915, he made his way to Palm Springs to take advantage of the healing powers of the local hot mineral springs.

His most famous books about Palm Springs, “Our Araby” and “Palm Springs And The Garden Of The Sun” are still in print.

He married Isabel White in 1917 then proceeded to write several books about California-based on his travels with Kaweah, is trusty horse.

From the Wiki article:

Chase was born in Islington, a neighbourhood in the London Borough of Islington, in April 1864. He arrived in Southern California in 1890, although information surrounding his motive for doing so is sparse. It is known however, that he lived on a mountainside and managed to obtain a job tutoring a wealthy rancher’s children in the San Gabriel Valley. Chase was drawn to the plants, animals, and Spanish-speaking individuals who resided in California. Subsequently, in 1911 he took a trip with local painter Carl Eytel, traveling on horseback from Los Angeles to Laguna and then down to San Diego.

Chase journeyed through the uncouth California land and detailed his escapades in his book California Desert Trails.[1] He was passionate that the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains be preserved as a national park. Chase appeals to readers who appreciate the unspoiled west and California history.

Chase died March 29, 1923 in Banning, California, after several years of poor health. His wife (Isabel, née White, April 18, 1876 – September 30, 1962) continued to live in Palm Springs. They are buried in a graveyard at the foot of Mt. San Jacinto in Palm Springs. Also his name is engraved at his parents’ (Samuel and Jane) headstone in the St. Mary the Virgin Cemetery, London Borough of Bexley, England


100 Years Of Palm Springs History

100 Years Of Palm Springs History~ 1910 Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs, California- A History100 Years Of Palm Springs History 1910, Palm Springs, CA


Travel with us through time as we explore 100 Years Of Palm Springs History 1910. This journey will show you the rich and vital history of this once wild west town that is now one of the best tourist stops in the US.

1910 was the year Coachella High School was founded.  It was built on 10 acres of desert brush made up of donated land.  Built in Thermal, CA which at that time, was considered the central part of the valley.  (And you thought it was all about Palm Springs, Eh?)

The school still exists today and is proud of its rich history and heritage.  The roots of the community are that of an agricultural economy which continues today.  Coachella produces more of the world’s dates than any other US city and they are a big export. They also grow a wide range of produce that is consumed locally and is shipped around the US.

Other 1910 world and local history highlights include:

  • At Casa Cody, A Small Inn of Palm Springs, the 1910 Adobe House once the playground of opera star Lawrence Tibbit and Charlie Chaplin
  • President Ronald Reagan was born
  • Climbers scaled the highest peak in North America, Alaska’s Mt McKinley.
  • In the United States, the first commercial air flight designed to deliver freight takes place.  The flight was made by Wright Brothers pilot Phillip Parmalee and went from Dayton, Ohio to Columbus Ohio.
  • President Taft became the first president to toss out the season opener baseball.
  • The Boy Scouts of America was founded
  • Alva Fisher patented the first washing machine (certainly not a very successful contraption….)
  • Union of South Africa declares its independence from the UK
  • New York’s Penn Station opens as world’s largest railway terminal
  • The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest Sirrine.
  • April 1910; Mark Twain dies
  • And finally, Haley’s Comet causes a stir as the Earth passes through it tail and causes great fear.

Want To Cancel Your Sales Contract To Sell Your Home?

Cancel Your Sales Contract To Sell Your HomeSelling VS Renting

You put your home on the market and then for some reason, you want to reverse that decision to sell and Cancel Your Sales Contract To Sell Your Home.

Life Happens……What can you do?

As long as your home has no pending offers, we will allow you to cancel the listing, no questions asked.  With some brokerages, it may not be that easy so read your contract!  All listing agreements have differing terms.  Our brokerage does understand and realize life happens so we make it easy to cancel.  It’s a quick signature on one form and we’re done!

Be aware that some brokerages including ours may charge you for service costs incurred which should have been spelled out in the beginning.  An example would be a custom Virtual Tour or professional photos; staging services or landscaping.  In any event, be informed, read your contract carefully and ask questions.

What if your property has an offer and is under contract?

Well, the plot just may have thickened a bit.  Why?  When you signed the agreement to accept the offer, you signed a contract and to try to just cancel that now is a breach of contract:

Breach of contract def: failing to perform any term of a contract, written or oral, without a legitimate legal excuse. This may include not completing a job, not paying in full or on time, failure to deliver goods or services as promised, failure to Sell Your House!


Here’s where it gets sticky.  At this point, you may be liable for other incurred costs, lawsuits and damages.  All of this should be spelled out in the purchase offer you accepted so best thing to do is consult an attorney.

Note: A Realtor in California is not allowed to offer legal advice so don’t even ask. Most they can do is mention what can possibly happen or talk from their own experience.

What can the buyer do to you?

In court, a judge just may force you to complete the sale.  If you refuse, then a contempt of court action may follow and who knows, your new home may be The Big House so you may as well sell!

What exactly is “Specific Performance”?

What is Specific Performance? Here’s an article to read but basically know this: It’s a lawsuit and in a case like this, you just may lose.  Why?  Well a buyer may have sold their home, incurred other costs; made commitments such as moving to a new city, quitting a job (OUCH) and so on.  In those cases, you haven’t much of a leg to stand on and after they win, you may not even have a chair so sit on either…..

Occasionally a seller might win a specific cause case, but typically that only happens if the seller can’t sell their home because they can’t — as in they no longer can convey a clear title.

Any other options?

Negotiate, mediate and pray.  Offer to reimburse for costs and pray they are nice people however in a tight market and after they fell in love with YOUR house, fought off other buyers, and have a fair amount of skin in the game, it’s not likely their going to roll over

If you do manage to get a buyer to agree to a mutual cancellation, get an attorney to help.  Its well worth an hour of their time to have them draft a letter or at least check the closing paperwork

In short…If you are a seller looking for a way out of selling your home, you need to speak to an attorney.

Breach of contract can have serious legal and financial implications. Get an attorney.  Seek your agent’s advice (which should be, “speak to an attorney…”).  If your agent says, “Umm, no big deal, happens all the time!”  Then… go get an attorney!

Disclosure: We are not attorneys.  We do not have the know-how to advise.  What we are telling you is what might happen if you decide to pull out of a deal after you’ve accepted an offer.

What is our advice?  Get an attorney if you want to cancel your sales contract to sell your home.

100 Years Of Palm Springs History

Palm Springs History- A 100 Year Journey Back In Time


 Palm Springs History, the past 100 years

Palm Springs History goes back to the very wild west.  We are going to take you on a journey back through time beginning in 1910 all the way up to today.  You will learn some very important information so stay with us as we take a stroll back in time.

I recently read a piece by David Gray of Palm Springs, an excerpt is printed below and refers to the sculpture on this page.  For the rest of the article, it’s here in the Palm Springs Neighborhoods Group documents. (Please join the group and read this article, its amazing.)

 In the United States, perhaps even in the world, the village of Pam Springs is without parallel. In the short span of seventy-five years*, it has become the nation’s resort capital, where the successful and outstanding in the arts, science, industry, and public life come for the renewing of the spirit which is so pleasantly possible in the warm sun and dry air of its beautiful desert setting.

And this is not all. Palm Springs is also the year-round home of an increasing number of substantial citizens from coast to coast who have chosen to make the desert a way of life, and who have brought the best of living to the desert.

The early pioneers, with their doughty resilience and stalwart determination, made the Palm Springs of today possible. Their history, and the history of those who came later to develop a mid-desert Indian oasis into the mecca for relaxation that now draws the great and near-great from all over the world, is a story worth translating to the permanence of sculpture.

Security First National Bank feels both proud and humble in having the opportunity to present to Palm Springs, as part of its newest banking home, a pictorial record of the unfolding of this desert area from the dawn of prehistoric times, through the arrival of the first white settlers, to the present day.

“Palm Springs in Sculpture” is executed in bas-relief on off-white terra-cotta, commissioned to the renowned sculptor, Lawrence Tenney Stevens, especially for the bank’s Palm Springs Ramon Road Branch. Sculptor Stevens has depicted the Palm Springs story, with the key events highlighted individually, in twenty-two plaques which are grouped into two eight by twelve-foot panels of eleven plaques each. One portray the past; the other, the present.

And follow us on our journey as we take this wonderful stroll back through Palm Springs History.  You can subscribe to our blog on the right side of this page where it says this:

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Deepwell Neighborhood Palm Springs Ca

Deepwell Neighborhood Palm Springs CA aka Deepwell Colony Estates is one of the oldest in the city so how do you think it got its name?


This is one of those neighborhoods within the city of Palm Springs that is as rich with history as any but may not be as well-known. Deepwell Neighborhood Palm Springs Ca has history unknown by many and this article should help to fix that.

From The Unofficial History Of Deepwell by Ron Root:

“A decade later, Henry Pearson, a scientist,
purchased the property. He drilled a well and hit water
at 100 feet. With scientific curiosity, he drilled even deeper
passing several water stratum and quit at 630 feet.
Thus the name Deepwell was coined.

The earliest residents of the valley were the Agua Caliente Band Of Chauilla Indians tribe of the Mission band of Cahuilla Indians and later the Mexicans. They called this desert “The hollow of God’s Hand” (La Palma de la Mano de Dios).

The first settlers purchased 320 acres from Pedro Chino, a member of the Agua Caliente Band of Chauilla Indians in 1880 and from there early development began with the building of an adobe hotel and planting some of the first fruit orchards. 

In 1928 Chrlie Doyle bought and converted the structures into the Deepwell Guest Ranch with accommodations for 22 guests. It was really more like a resort than a dude ranch and was the beginning of how this area became so oriented to ranching and horseback riding.

Celebrity homes include those of William Holden, Loretta Young, Tippi Hedrin, Eva Gabor of The Gabor Sisters, Carmen Miranda, Jerry Lewis, Liz Taylor, Richard Burton and Eddie Fisher who all claim fame to this stylish neighborhood.

In 1952, the Deepwell Colony Estates was officially started as a subdivision with the first development underway. Today, a drive through the streets of this neighborhood is great fun but better yet, rent some bikes and ride these quite streets and enjoy one the of oldest neighborhoods of Palm Springs CA

The Deep Well Architectural Committee was created which had their say about size, type of dwellings and general aesthetics for the neighborhood. Preserving views and maintaining a residential environment was their main mission but has since become a function of the City Planning Department.

Deepwell Neighborhood Palm Springs CA has these boundaries:

  • East: Sunrise Way
  • West: Deepwell Estates Ranch Including Biltmore Homes—not condos
  • North: Mesquite Ave.
  • South: Deepwell road (west of Sagebrush) East Palm Canyon (east of Sagebrush)


Average Seasonal Temperatures for Deepwell Neighborhood:

Winter: Daytime highs of 72°F, with overnight lows of 42°F

Spring: Daytime highs of 86°F, with overnight lows of 55°F

Summer: Daytime highs of 108°F, with overnight lows of 77°F

Autumn: Daytime highs of 92°F, with overnight lows of 59°F

Visit the Deepwell Neighborhood Palm Springs CA website