Pine-to-Palms Highway Postcard
RECORDED Wednesday, April 10, 2024

In just 35 miles, the Pines-to-Palms Highway in Southern California takes one from sub-alpine forests of pine and oak to the desert scrub of the Colorado Desert. The highway was conceived as a tourist highway to the famed resort of Palm Springs, but for many reasons, diverted from that city. Its history, and that of the two men who made it happen, is a fascinating story of a community effort during the Great Depression.

Local historian and author Steve Lech, who is considered to be the historian of Riverside County, California will discuss how the road came about and its implications in later years.

Presented in partnership with Vernacular Architecture Forum