“The founding of Palm Springs might be placed at that moment in time when the educated son of an industrious Scottish farmer stood near the Indian Village of Agua Caliente at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains. Looking out across the desert he thought: “This land would be valuable if water should be brought upon it …” Little did he know how prophetic were his thoughts.
This Scot, John Guthrie McCallum, editor, lawyer, politician, was 57 years of age when he came to the place he renamed Palm Valley. Pioneering spirits usually burn brightest in youth, and McCallum, entering middle age, had already proved his vision as a pioneer lawyer in the American West. He was a founding member of the American Party, cast one of California’s first electoral votes for Abraham Lincoln, and served his country as Indian Agent to the Mission Indians…”