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Palm Desert History
By John Saras

Located in the desert region of California lies the golf, shopping and art-lovers resort town of Palm Desert. Palm Desert is a California city in Riverside County, in the Coachella Valley, approx. 11 miles east of Palm Springs. The population is approximately 41,200. Neighboring Palm Springs, the golf capital of the world, Palm Desert has long been a favorite vacation getaway for the traveler who enjoys relaxation, golf and shopping. Many visitors are coming from colder climates each year and prefer stay in Palm Desert during the winter. Each winter the population of these desert cities like Palm Springs grows by 31,000. In the last couple of years many people have decided to become a permanent resident of Palm Springs.

Palm Springs was first known by the name Old MacDonald Ranch, then Palm Village in the 1920s when date palms were planted. The first residential development was started in the year 1943 in connection with an Army maintenance camp in the area. Later an upscale shopping district was developed known by its now famous name "El Paseo". Real estate development started in the year 1948 by the Palm Desert Corporation which was one of the first to begin to develop real estate.

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