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About Coachella, California

“City of Eternal Sunshine”, this is how they describe the city of Coachella which is part of the Riverside County in the state of California. It is located in the easternmost part of the Coachella Valley region also known as the Palm Springs region. Woodspur was the initial name of the city when it was founded in 1876, after a rail siding was built on the area by the Southern Pacific Railroad. It is said that there’s no clear reason on how the city got its current name until the residents of Woodspur decided to vote for the new name of their town in 1901. During the town hall meeting, the residents selected “Coachella” as the new name for their town. However, it was believed that there’s a misspelling on the word, and it should be “Conchilla” (pertaining to small white snail shells in Spanish terms) instead of Coachella. Coachella was officially designated as a city in 1946 and John Westerfield was the first appointed mayor for the city. Since then, the city started to bloom as businesses began to flourish in the downtown district. There are three Casinos that are operating near the city limits: Augustine Casino, Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino, and Spotlight 29 Casino. The Augustine Casino is owned by the Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians, distinctive as the smallest tribal group. On the other hand, The Fantasy Spring Resort and Casino is owned by the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, while the Spotlight 29 Casino is owned by the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians.

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Coachella Facts

  • Population Total: 40704
  • Square Miles: 28.950
  • Area Code: 760
  • Elevation: -66
  • Postal Codes: 92236
  • Timezone: Pacific
  • Website: http://www.coachella.org/