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.
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