The Desert Institute and the 29 Palms Historical Society announce the Old Schoolhouse lecture on Friday, April 8 with a new speaker, Steve Lech. John Hale, the original speaker, had to cancel.
2nd Friday Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series The Pines-to-Palms Highway
The Pines-to-Palms Highway – This discussion delves into the beginnings of the famed Pines-to-Palms Highway and the two men who spear-headed the effort, J. Win Wilson and Wilson Howell. Billed as a scenic drive that would bring tourists through one of the most spectacular areas of Southern California, the Pines-to-Palms Highway also had another motive, that of allowing residents of Indio to escape the harsh summer heat for a good night’s sleep. Author and researcher Steve Lech spent over 2 years researching the fascinating history of this truly wonderful drive.
Steve Lech is a native Riversider who has been interested in the local history of Riverside County for more than 40 years. He has written or co-written 13 books on various topics related to Riverside County history, including Along the Old Roads – A History of the Portion of Southern California That Became Riverside County, 1772-1893, considered to be the definitive history of Riverside County. He co-authors the weekly “Back in the Day” column for the Press-Enterprise newspaper in which he explores many aspects of local history throughout western Riverside County. He has been a docent at the historic Mission Inn hotel for over 30 years, is currently the Director of Docent Training for the Mission Inn Foundation, and is the past chair of the Riverside County Historical Commission and the City of Riverside’s Cultural Heritage Board.
Join Steve Lech at the Old Schoolhouse for this in-person lecture series at the 29 Palms Historical Society, 6760 National Park Drive, on Friday, April 8, at 7 pm. Admission is $5 at the door.
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