Coachella

Coachella

Coachella marks the desert’s easternmost city, where 80 percent of the land remains undeveloped and the median age of residents is 24. Coachella is one of the fastest-growing cities in the state with a population that is 98 percent Hispanic. The area’s casinos on Indian reservations — Spotlight 29 Casino, and Augustine Casino — bring the majority of visitors to Coachella, but it’s said that the authentic Mexican food brings them back.

The city’s crowd-pleasing fiestas include Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Independence Day (Sept. 16), and a day honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe (Dec. 12). A weekly Saturday morning farmers market features plentiful Coachella crops, such as grapes, citrus, corn, carrots, artichokes, and peppers.

Coachella marks the desert’s easternmost city, where 80 percent of the land remains undeveloped and the median age of residents is 24. Coachella is one of the fastest-growing cities in the state with a population that is 98 percent Hispanic. The area’s casinos on Indian reservations — Spotlight 29 Casino, and Augustine Casino — bring the majority of visitors to Coachella, but it’s said that the authentic Mexican food brings them back.

The city’s crowd-pleasing fiestas include Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Independence Day (Sept. 16), and a day honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe (Dec. 12). A weekly Saturday morning farmers market features plentiful Coachella crops, such as grapes, citrus, corn, carrots, artichokes, and peppers.

Tips & Fast Facts

  • Great Mexican restaurants in the city include La Cazuela, Jalisco’s, and Las Flores.
  • Together with neighboring cities Indio, Thermal, and Mecca, Coachella produces 95 percent of the nation’s dates.
  • Director Frank Capra (It’s a Wonderful Life) is buried in the Coachella Valley Cemetery.
  • Ernie Ball Inc. manufactures guitar picks, strings, and other accessories in its facility in Coachella, shipping products internationally.

Timeline

1876 — The city is founded as Woodspur, when the Southern Pacific Railroad builds a rail siding.

1901 — The citizens vote to rename their 2.5-square-mile community Coachella.

1910 — Coachella Valley High, the oldest secondary school in the valley, opens.

1946 — The City of Coachella incorporates.

2001 — A significant annexation of property takes place, which increases the city’s area to 32 square miles.

 

source: Palm Springs Life