BIBLIOGRAPHY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS

(Chronologically Arranged)

 

(Pacific Railroad Survey). REPORTS OF EXPLORATIONS AND SURVEYS, to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean Made under the Direction of the Secretary of War, in 1853-4. Washington: 1856.

¶ Volume V of the Pacific Railway Survey includes the first known written description of Palm Springs. Chapter 17 (pp.228-252) is devoted to the Colorado Desert. "Dr. Blake's contribution in Vol. V is definitely indispensable.... as much a part of the Colorado Desert as the sand that covers it... It is early source material and represents the initial effort to assemble scientific and technical information regarding this barren land" (Edwards).

JAMES, George Wharton. WONDERS OF THE COLORADO DESERT (Southern California), Its Rivers and Its Mountains, Its Canyons and Its Springs, Its Life and Its History, Pictured and Described. Including an Account of a Recent Journey made down the Overflow of the Colorado River to the Mysterious Salton Sea. With Upwards of Three-Hundred Pen-and-Ink Sketches from Nature by Carl Eytel. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1906. 2 vols, 8vo, quarter gray cloth over blue cloth, central gilt vignettes of an oasis, gilt spine lettering.

¶ First Edition. "This item remains, after all these years, the classic and definitive account of the Colorado desert. Here is a closely-integrated presentation of the desert's history, its inhabitants, its plant and animal life, its physical characteristics, its every imaginable facet of interest. In the quality of its realistic approach to the subjects covered, in the appeal of its versatility, and in the extensiveness of its scope, James' superlative effort stands majestically alone. No other item on the Colorado desert, with the possible exception of J. Smeaton Chase's California Desert Trails, can even remotely approach it" (Edwards). The pen-and-ink drawings by Palm Springs artist Carl Eytel add immensely to the book's appeal. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p.130/1. A second edition was issued 1907; and third edition in one volume in 1911 with the addition of a folding map.

CHASE, J. Smeaton. CALIFORNIA DESERT TRAILS. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1919. 8vo, photographic plates by the author. Orig. decorative cloth.

¶ First Edition of one of the great books on the southern California desert by a gifted and perceptive observer of nature. Chase was English by birth, and a social worker by profession, working for many years in a Los Angeles settlement house. He found time, however, for long, leisurely trips on horseback, preferably alone, with a book of poems and a notebook in his saddle bags. Like James and John Van Dyke, Chase was fascinated by the beauty of the desert and finally made his home in Palm Springs. Includes material on Palm Springs, Seven Palms, Thousand Palm Canyon, the Salton Sea, Twentynine Palms, etc, with an appendix of 118 desert plants and hints on traveling in the desert. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p.48.

CHASE, J. Smeaton. OUR ARABY, Palm Springs and the Garden of the Sun. Illustrated from Photographs by the Author: With a Descriptive List of Desert Plants, etc. and Hints to Desert Motorists: also a New Map of the Region by the U.S. Geological Survey. Palm Springs: Printed for J. Smeaton Chase, 1920. 12mo, 83pp, frontis. photo. of Mt San Jacinto, folding map in pocket at back. Tan linen-weave cloth with desert scene in black and white.

¶ First Edition of Chase's charming ode to Palm Springs and environs, supplemented by a descriptive list of desert plants, and a section on hints to desert motorists. Includes Chase's photograph "At Two Bunch Palms: Mt San Gorgonio in the Distance" (deleted in the expanded second edition of 1923). In Chapter VIII Chase gives short notes on trips to The Devil's Garden, The Garnet Hills, Mission Creek Canyon, Two Bunch Palms, and Seven Palms.

ARCHER, Lou Ella. Illustrated by Lillian Wilhelm Smith. CANYON SHADOWS. Phoenix: (Times-Mirror Press), 1931. 4to, 7 color plates. Orig. burlap with color landscape inlay and titles stamped in dark brown.

¶ Of note for the illustration of Seven Palms, the oasis near Desert Hot Springs. Most of the others poems and plates have Arizona settings. Lillian Wilhelm Smith (1882-1971) enrolled at the Art Student's League at the age of 12 and an interest in the American West was inspired by a visit to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show at Madison Square Garden in 1907. In 1913 Zane Grey (who was married to Lillian's cousin) invited her to accompany him on a trip to Navajo country in order to illustrate his books.

COFFEE, L.W. DESERT HOT SPRINGS WHY? Los Angeles: L.W. Coffee, [n.d., ca. 1948]. 8vo, 22pp. Yellow wrappers, lettered and bordered in black.

¶ Scarce pamphlet by the founder and developer of Desert Hot Springs. A "Special Commemorative Edition for the Grand Opening of the L.W. Coffee Gallery, Cabot's Pueblo Museum" was issued in October, 2008.

PROCTOR, Richard J. GEOLOGY OF THE DESERT HOT SPRINGS - UPPER COACHELLA VALLEY AREA, CALIFORNIA. With a Selected Bibliography of the Coachella Valley, Salton Sea, and Vicinity. San Francisco: California Division of Mines & Geology, 1968. 4to, 50pp, b/w photo-illus., and diagrams throughout, full-color folding geologic map housed in protective sleeve at back. Photo-illus. wrappers, lettered in black. ¶ California Division of Mines and Geology, Special Report No. 94.

WAMPLER, Jan. ALL THEIR OWN: People and the Places They Build. Cambridge, Mass.: Schenkman Publishing; New York: John Wiley, (1977). 4to, black cloth, dust jacket. ¶ First Edition. Pages 122-129 are devoted to Cabot's Indian Pueblo, with 11 photographs and a site plan. Reissued in wrappers: New York: Oxford University Press, (1978).

COOPER, Patricia and Laurel Cook. HOT SPRINGS AND SPAS OF CALIFORNIA. A Guide to Taking the Waters. Drawings by Fran Attaway. San Francisco: 101 Productions, (1978). 8vo, line drawings throughout. Wrappers. ¶ First Edition. Over half this of this guide is devoted to Southern California hot springs, with 25 pages on Desert Hot Springs. Besides Two Bunch, the authors review the Desert Inn (now the DHS Spa Hotel), Linda Vista Lodge (now a senior residence), the Ponce de Leon (later La Toscana/ Shilla), Sam's Family Spa in Sky Valley, the Spa Townhouse (now El Reposo), the Whitehouse, and the Waldorf Health Resort (now apartments on Mesquite). The authors suggest there were 100 spa-tels in DHS in the mid 1970's.

AN EVALUATION OF THE HYDROTHERMAL RESOURCES OF THE DESERT HOT SPRINGS REGION, CALIFORNIA. California Energy Commission, 1979. 8vo, vii, 77pp, maps. Wrappers.

(Yerxa, Cabot). EYRAUD, Cole. LEGEND OF CABOT YERXA. (Desert Hot Springs, n.d., ca. 1980s). 8vo, 15pp followed by a b/w photo of Cabot. Wrappers.

¶ Pamphlet biography of the pioneer of Desert Hot Springs by the man who saved the Old Indian Pueblo from extinction and for many years served as director.

FLETCHER, Colin. THE MAN FROM THE CAVE. New York: Knopf, 1981. 8vo, cloth, dust jacket.

¶ First Edition. The author of The Man Who Walked through Time discovered an old trunk in a cave near the Colorado River and began a 12 year search for the owner. A remarkable portrait of Chuckawalla Bill Simmons slowly unfolds, tracking him from Pennsylvania to service in the Spanish American War, to the Salton Sea, through Mojave Desert mines, to a stone house in a canyon near Desert Hot Springs in the 'thirties.

WAMBAUGH, Joseph. THE SECRETS OF HARRY BRIGHT. New York: William Morrow, (1985). 8vo, cloth, dust jacket.

¶ First Edition (so stated) of a police mystery set in Mineral Springs, a down-scale outpost of Palm Springs, standing in for Desert Hot Springs.

DESERT HOT SPRINGS 25th Anniversary, Souvenir Edition, Newcomers and Tourist Guide. A Special Edition of Desert Shopper and Desert Sentinel, October 12..., 1988. 4to, photo illustrated wrappers.

HUNT, John J. WATERS OF COMFORT. The Story of Desert Hot Springs California. Desert Hot Springs: Little Morongo Press, 1997. 4to,  white wrappers, lettered in red and blue, illus. vignette, black paper backstrip.

¶ First Edition of the only history of the town near Palm Springs where an amazing aquifer of hot mineral waters was found.

HUNT, John J. THE WATERS OF COMFORT. The Story of Desert Hot Springs California. Revised and Updated. Desert Hot Springs: Little Morongo Press, 2006. 8vo, (7), vii, 293pp. Color illustrated wrappers.

¶ Second edition, revised and with a new introduction and three additional chapters.

LECH, Steve. RESORTS OF RIVERSIDE COUNTY (Postcard History). Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2005. 8vo, wrappers.

¶ Reproduces some 200 post cards of hot spring hotels and resorts, including Glen Ivy, Murietta, and those in Desert Hot Springs, La Quinta and Palm Springs.

HOLTZCLAW, Kenneth. SAN GORGONIO PASS, Images of America. Arcadia Press, The San Gorgonio Pass Historical Society, 2006. 8vo, b/w photos throughout. Illus wrappers.

¶ Great selection of old and modern photos with descriptive notes, but short on history. Covers San Timoteo Canyon, Calimesa, Beaumont and Banning, Cherry Valley and Oak Glen, the Stewart Ranch, the Morongo Reservation, Cabazon, Whitewater, and briefly Desert Hot Springs.

JORDAN, Kathryn. HOT WATER. New York: Berkley Books, (2006). 12mo, wrappers.

¶ A romance novel set at Hidden Springs, a stand-in for Two Bunch Palms, replete with the fabled Al Capone secret passages.

MARON, Barbara. CABOT YERXA, A Life in Art. (Desert Hot Springs: Cabot's Old Indian Pueblo, 2008). 8vo, wrappers with color reproduction of a painting.

¶ Maron, vice-president of the Cabot's Museum Foundation, examines Cabot's life as an artist. In 1925 Cabot went to Paris to study at the Academie Julian, and much of his work from that period was recently discovered in the Pueblo.

MARON, Barbara. CITY OF DREAMS, Desert Hot Springs. Desert Hot Springs: Cabot's Museum Foundation, (2008). 8vo, silver wrappers.

¶ A short history of the founding and development of Desert Hot Springs, with many reproductions of old advertisements.

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EPHEMERA:

COFFEE, L.W. DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Know Your Neighbor Classified Directory. Compiled by L.W. Coffee, Originator, Subdivider and Developer. Los Angeles & Desert Hot Springs, March, 1947. 12mo, 28pp. Orange wrappers.

¶ A directory by owner, with address, tenants, and type of building. A two-page map is found at the center.

COFFEE, L.W. DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA. Los Angeles: LW. Coffee (August, 1948). 8vo, 36pp, b/w photos & plat maps. Wrappers with color photos of the Desert Hot Springs Baths front and back, small add for Coffee in yellow at bottom of front, small map at bottom of back cover.

¶ An early promotional booklet, with descriptions of the waters, the town-site, and photos of Coffee's spa.

COFFEE, L.W. DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA. Los Angeles: LW. & Lillian Coffee Foundation, Inc, 1951]. 8vo, (16)pp, b/w photos throughout. Color wrappers.

¶ A promotional booklet for Desert Hot Springs, with descriptions of the pools and waters, the town-site, and photos of the spa, followed by a number of testimonials. Published to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the spa.

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA. Where Wealth in Health Greets You. Desert Hot Springs: Rental Owners Association, [n.d., ca. 1954]. 8vo, 44pp, advert. illus. throughout, double-suite map. Yellow, orange and brown pictorial wrappers.

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA. Fastest Growing Health Resort in America. Desert Hot Springs: Rental Owners Association, [n.d., ca. 1955]. Narrow 8vo, 64pp, folding map, advert. illus. throughout. Photo-illus. wrappers.

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA. Fastest Growing Health Resort in America. Desert Hot Springs: Rental Owners Association, 1958-59. Narrow 8vo, 52pp, b/w advert. illus. throughout. Red, yellow and green pictorial wrappers.

B-BAR-H GUEST RANCH. [Garnet]: (B-Bar-H Guest Ranch), [n.d., ca. 1940s]. 4to, (16)pp, including wrappers, b/w photo-illus. throughout, map. Pictorial wrappers, stapled and folded in half lengthwise (as issued). ¶ Once located near 20th street and Bubbling Wells, the B-Bar-H billed itself as "America's Finest Guest Ranch," and became a popular playground for Hollywood celebrities in search of privacy. The ranch was founded in 1927 by film-producer and writer Lucien Hubbard with his son-in-law Charles Bender on 240 acres of land purchased from the Southern Pacific Land Co.

(Yerxa, Cabot). CABOT YERXA'S TRADING POST. Desert Hot Springs, [n.d., ca. 1940s]. 4to broadside printed in blue, with woodcut map of the area.

(Yerxa, Cabot). Articles in Desert Magazine:

- Cabot Yerxa's Indian Pueblo - Cabot Yerxa's Castle. Tom Murray. March, 1964.

- Cabot Yerxa's 'Pueblo.' White Man's Pueblo. Laura Raef. February, 1970.

- Cabot Yerxa, Al Capone... Fortress at Two Bunch Palms. Mary Eileen Twyman. January, 1981.

- Cabot Yerxa's Strange Pueblo-House. White Man's Pueblo. Laura Raef. February, 1984. (and includes a paragraph about the origin & history of DHS in Towns and Places of the Coachella Valley by D.W. Grantham).

ROPP, Roy M. Cabot Yerxa - Adventurer. [In:] Western Trailer Life, November, 1941.

NEWSPAPERS:

DESERT VIEWS. Joshua Tree: Edith Von Radesky, [ca. 1940s].

¶ Weekly newspaper serving Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, Yucca Village, Morongo Valley, Palm Springs, and Desert Hot Springs.

DESERT SENTINEL. Desert Hot Springs, published weekly by Harry B. Cannon from ca. 1942 through Aug. 21, 1947.

¶ Succeeded by the Desert Hot Springs Sentinel 1947 - 1952. The Desert Hot Springs Sentinel continued publication in Desert Hot Springs in 1976.

Unlocated:

PHILLIPS, Pam. A BRIEF LOOK AT THE PREHISTORY AND HISTORY OF THE DESERT HOT SPRINGS AREA.