An Overview of Indian Wells
Indian Wells is a premier residential community and world-class sports destination located in the Coachella Valley, between Palm Desert and La Quinta along the Highway 111 corridor. Indian Well`s rich history began in the early 1800`s as a pivotal watering point and stagecoach stop for prospectors seeking their fortune in gold from the Colorado River. Caleb Cook was among the first settlers to the area that would later become the City of Indian Wells. Arriving around 1910, Cook and other early settlers are credited with pioneering the establishment of the Coachella Valley`s date industry.
The golden era for Indian Wells came in the 1950`s, when residents, led by E.M. Peterson, began augmenting the city`s development from a flourishing agricultural center into an affluent residential and resort community. The late 1950`s saw the construction of the Eldorado Country Club as well as the Indian Wells Country Club and Golf Resort. Desi Arnaz was one of the founders of the Indian Wells Country Club, and he and his wife, Lucille Ball, would go on to open the Indian Wells Resort Hotel as well.