Cathedral City: The Early Years (Slideshow)
This marvelous Arch was built in the late 1920s at the entrance to Cathedral City. It crossed Highway 111 at Cathedral Canyon. You'll notice we based our Cathedral City Historical Society logo on this very same historic landmark, which welcomed people to our community. And, many of the towers we have today were modeled after the rock-tower supports for the arch.
In the late 1940s, the Arch was taken down one night (surprise) in order to let big trucks pass through. No one knew who did the deed!!
Highway 111, Cathedral City, CA
Early 1940s in downtown Cathedral City. Note the two lane highway.
George Allen Real Estate
This Real Estate Office sat at the corner of Hwy 111 and Cathedral Canyon.
Note the totem pole on the right corner and the Chinese arch to the left.
Totem Pole Cafe
The Totem Pole Cafe was built later and utilized both the totem pole and the Chinese Arch seen in the previous picture. This was the first diner in Cathedral City. It sat at the corner of Hwy 111 and Cathedral Canyon.
Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Wheeler, the owners, are standing out in front. Early 1940s.
Downtown Cathedral City
Due to the 1950 era cars, this picture shows Cathedral City in the 1950s. They had a Merle Norman Cosmetics store, even.
"Cathedral City, California, Overlooking the Colorado Desert"
The mountain in the center is Mt. San Gorgonio, looking down at Cathedral City. "It is on the edge of the desert!"
Cathedral City, looking towards Mt. San Jacinto and the Pass
The mountain on the left is Mt. San Jacinto looking down on Cathedral City.
Frank Sinatra and Cathedral City official
Frank Sinatra became the first honorary mayor of Cathedral City in 1967.
Frank and his buddies had a huge song fest to raise money to build the St. Louis Catholic Church, where his mother, Dollie attended church along with several other celebrities. The church is very distinctive with a large gold cross and sits between C and D streets in the Cathedral City Cove.
Early 1940s, Highway 111
Note the popular,and now very hard to find, TearDrop style travel trailer!
The Bradshaw Trail, compliments of the Palm Springs Historical Society
The Bradshaw Trail was an early route between Los Angeles and Yuma, Arizona.
Many went to Yuma due to the Gold Rush, but lots of folks came to Palm Springs via horse drawn conveyances to visit and to settle down. This was prior to the completion of the railroad.
There was a stage coach stop in Cathedral City, behind where Target is now located
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