The Desert Magazine Building
(74-221-74-225 Hwy 111) The first commercial structure completed
on the south side of Hwy 111 in Palm Desert. At its official opening
in October 1948, it housed the printing and publishing offices of
“Desert Magazine” as well as Desert Printers. A gem shop and a
bookstore were located inside near the entrance. Occupying 17,000
square feet, the imposing structure served not only as headquarters
of the prestigious “Desert Magazine” but for other national
publications and the first local newspaper. Because of heavy
delivery to and from “Desert Magazine”, the federal government
authorized a post office for Palm Desert.
The Southwest Art Gallery
in the Desert Magazine Building. It was a place for local artists to
display their works. Art shows were regularly held, making it a
center for social gatherings by the early residents.
Shadow Mountain Pool and Club
Cliff Henderson’s first development was
“Shadow Mountain Club” shown, to the right, under construction in
1947. Shadow Mountain boasted a 360,000 gallon figure 8 swimming
pool, polo fields, a clubhouse, and private lake. It was designed to
be a “destination” for those seeking a reprieve from their regular
life and its grand opening was December 10, 1948. The rich and
famous, as well as the ordinary citizen flocked to Shadow Mountain
Resort and launched the growth of Palm Desert as a city.
Palm Desert Fire Station The original Palm Desert Fire
Station on El Paseo was contructed in 1951 by Riverside County Fire
Department firefighters on land donated by the Hendersons. It
has recently been designated as a Historical Building by
the City of Palm Desert. The Palm
Desert Fire Station houses
the Historical Society's Museum.
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