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Heart of the City

February 25, 2018 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am |


How did a tiny agricultural settlement become a world renowned getaway for the rich and famous and a playground of the stars? Palm Springs is unique in that many of its founding fathers were women. Pioneer John McCallum envisioned an agricultural community, and later his daughter Pearl McCallum McManus, alongside other forward-thinking women such as Nellie Coffman, Cornelia White, Julia Carnell and Zaddie Bunker, created an enchanting vacation paradise.

In the blocks bordering Tahquitz Canyon Way, you will see the results of their vision, the Heart of the City: site of La Plaza, the Welwood Murray Memorial Library, the Oasis Hotel tower. Stroll along the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. See the original Spanish-style stucco buildings with red tile roofs and arched passageways of La Plaza, credited with being the first shopping center in the country when it debuted in 1936. View some of the city’s first Modernist buildings.

Discover this vibrant and historic business center with its exciting mix of restaurants, nightspots, hotels and shopping, all near the oldest existing structure in the city, the 1884 McCallum Adobe, located in The Village Green.

Presented by the Palm Springs Historical Society.


February 25, 2018
9:30 am - 11:00 am
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Check-in location printed on ticket.
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States

Additional Information

12 and older
Things to Know
Please wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and hats and bring water. Please, no pets (service dogs welcome). All tour duration times are approximate.
Special Parking Instructions
Free unlimited parking in public lot on Belardo between Arenas and Baristo.
Photography Credits
Bullock's Wilshire, 226 N. Palm Canyon Dr. circa 1948. Courtesy Palm Springs Historical Society. All rights reserved., La Plaza entrance on S. Palm Canyon Dr. circa 1930s. Courtesy Palm Springs Historical Society. All rights reserved., Oasis Hotel designed by Lloyd Wright circa mid-1920s. Courtesy Palm Springs Historical Society. All rights reserved.