Palm Desert


Palm Desert

Palm Desert was first known as Old MacDonald Ranch. In 1920, date palms were planted and the name was changed to Palm Village before finally becoming Palm Desert in 1951.

This city played an important role during WWll. In 1943, General Patton established a huge motor pool and maintenance camp in Palm Desert to train troops for fighting in North Africa. More than a million soldiers came here to learn ground combat or flying in desert conditions. Some troops later helped in the many area mines procuring heavy metals for military purposes, including uranium.

The site of the army maintenance camp used by General Patton later was developed into “El Paseo,” an upscale shopping district including boutiques, designer shops, cafes and restaurants. It is known as “Little Rodeo Drive,” after the famed Beverly Hills center. Notable points of interest include: The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, El Paseo, McCallum Theater and the Civic Center Park.

Daytime view of the downtown city center of Stockton, California, USA.

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Palm Desert