Desert Hot Springs Historical Society

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In the early 1900s most places in the area were defined by their relationship to Palm Springs, as shown in this Stephen H. Willlard photo postcard with a view from Seven Palms, an oasis where surveyors found and documented Indian encampment.
The buildings of B-Bar-H Ranch, a popular get-away destination, were made of native stone and clay tile roofs.
Colorful promotional graphic depicts world-renowned bath house built by city founder L.W. Coffee.
A 1960s postcard shows aerial view of the city and Mt. San Gorgonio and San Bernardino Mountains in the background.


Potluck Picnic and Annual Meeting
September 11, 2016, Sunday, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Yerxa Town at Bubbling Wells Ranch
DHS Membership+$5 donation
Reservations by Sept.2
For MORE INFO, please see highlighted blurb on this page.

Soup Supper
October 27, 2016, Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Featured Presentation: Solar Development Reveals Prehistoric Sites
Presented by George Kline, Archaeologist - Bureau of Land Management
Miracle Springs Resort
10625 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs

Soup Supper, Oct 27

After the speaker there will be a short presentation: "Remembering Paul Gregory"


Desert Hot Springs Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation dedicated to preserving, acquiring, and displaying the local history of Desert Hot Springs. The past has a fascination that, if hidden, crumbles into obscurity. History belongs to everyone, and it is our purpose at the Desert Hot Springs Historical Society to provide a window into that past so that all viewers can be enriched and stimulated by those who came before us.

Here you'll find a growing collection of pictures, videos and stories that document the founding and development of Desert Hot Springs. Our focus and sphere of influence is the City of Desert Hot Springs and its surrounding unincorporated areas including Desert Edge, Bubbling Wells, Dos Palmas, Sky Valley, Mission Lakes, North Palm Springs, Painted Hills and Whitewater.

All are invited to join us for our monthly breakfast meeting every first Thursday, 7:00 a.m., at the Sidewinder Restaurant & Grill on Pierson Blvd. We also welcome the public to three special events per year for the education and betterment of the community. These Soup Suppers take place on the third or fourth Thursday of October, January and April. After a buffet of soup, salad, bread and dessert selection, a program is presented on some aspect of the history of the area.


SEPTEMBER 11, 2016; 5 -7 pm
Yerxa Town at Bubbling Wells Ranch, DHS
Membership + $5 donation
Reservations by Sept. 2

For reservations and directions, please email Muffi Mendelson at muffimendelson or call: 760 776 9748, cell: 949 351 1243 to let Muffi know if you are bringing, salad, dessert, hors'oeuvre, or casserole. Hot dogs & chili dogs will be provided along with ice tea, soft drinks & ice water. All current DHSHS members are invited. Membership dues of $25 may be paid at the event. Casual clothes shorts, etc. for summer heat or whatever the weather dictates in rustic setting. Swimming in natural pond is available. A summary of the Historical Society's accomplishments for the past two years as well as current projects will be presented along with recognition of outstanding members and their contributions to the Society. Bring your ideas about the Society and lets talk about how we can serve our community. *Buzz Gambel's cartoon books will be given out for your participation in an adult coloring project that will take place in the Fall. Sounds Like Fun? CALL FOR Directions NOW!