The Oasis Hotel was a glorious garden paradise

Long known as an oasis, Palm Springs in 1924 saw construction begin on a hotel which would actually use the name. Pearl McCallum McManus, heir to her father John Guthrie McCallum’s vast land holdings in the desert, would build a tribute to her father. He had been the first white settler in the area and built an adobe house near where the warm water bubbled up and palm trees grew at the base of mighty San Jacinto — the very definition of an oasis.

McManus had been schooled by her father to revere the land. It was her responsibility to continue his progress toward making a village and putting it on the map. He taught her the importance of patience and quality. The Oasis Hotel she planned wouldn’t be the only hostelry in Palm Springs. Welwood Murray’s Palm Springs Hotel had been first, and Nellie Coffman’s Desert Inn was setting the standard in accommodations and attracting astonishing numbers of important visitors. But her hotel would set a new standard.

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