Back In The Day, This Quiet Southern California Town Was A Mob Hangout

It is fairly common knowledge that for decades, Palm Springs has been a haven for celebrities and Hollywood A-Listers looking to escape the craziness of Hollywood and relax in a sort of wide-open exclusion – a place where they could hang out and be pretty much left alone. As it turns out, during the 1950s and 1960s, the laid-back vibe of the Coachella Valley desert was attractive to more than just movie stars. The presence of mobsters in Palm Springs turned this town into the first so-called “Gangster’s Paradise.” 

The mafia’s presence and influence in the desert were romanticized over the years, and of course, it was not all fun and glamour. But this quiet SoCal town was definitely a mobster hideaway and has a storied past. Did you know about this part of Palm Springs’ history? What other stories have you heard?

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