Shadows RV Resort is within walking distance
to shopping and is served by public transit. The area has great bicycle
routes and sidewalks are wide enough to accommodate pedestrians,
bicycles and golf carts. Hiking trails are close by and many permit
City is a city in Riverside County, California, United
Sandwiched between Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, it is one of the
cities in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs area) of southern
The town's name derives from "Cathedral Canyon" to
the south of the town, so named in 1850 by Henry Washington because its
rock formations were reminiscent of a cathedral. The city itself
started as a housing subdivision in 1925, but was not incorporated
until 1981. The city grew 4-5 times in two decades, and the 2006
population estimate is 48,000 but swells significantly in winter during
Cathedral City is located at:
-116.46472 (33.807761, -116.464731)
According to the United
States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.5 square miles
(50.4 kmē), of which, 19.2 square miles (49.7 kmē) of it is land and
0.3 square miles (0.7 kmē) of it (1.44%) is water. The population was 42,647 at the 2000 census.
- Cathedral City had a downtown
revitalization program in the late
1990s, part of which was completed in 2005, called for a permanent
building to have City hall, an IMAX/
Mary Pickford movie theater
complex, and a total of 130 acres (0.53 km2)
of new or remodeled stores.
- The Big League Dreams Sports
Park softball complex on the corner of
Date Palm and Dinah Shore drives, made up of four softball fields
designed as replicas of four major league ballparks. The Pepsi
All-Star Softball Game was held there since 1998.
- Cathedral City High School,
opened in 1991, is a major educational and recreational center to the
city. The varsity football and basketball teams had earned CIF-southern
California championship runs in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Palm Country Club
and golf course, designed in 1967 and opened in 1971, has an 18-hole
"executive style" facility designed by Ted Robinson, ASCCA. It features
3,100 yards (2,800 m) of golf from the longest tees
for a par of 58.
The course rating is 54.9/57.2 and it has a slope rating of 90/93. It
is landscaped in Bermuda Greens and includes lakes and sand traps. The
most memorable tee is the 175 yard 8th hole, which has an accurate tee
shot over a lake. The Phil Harris Golf Classic was held there for many
years. Though built on part of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation, an
exclusive retirement community of manufactured homes line the greens.
The course is walkable and quiet.
- Forest Lawn -
Cathedral City Cemetery
and Desert Memorial Park are located in Cathedral City across from
Desert Shadows RV Resort. These cemeteries are visited by
many tourists because of those who are buried there. Among them are Frank Sinatra, Congressman Sonny Bono, Alice Faye, Phil Harris,
"Papa" John Phillips, Jane Wyman, Dinah Shore, George Montgomery,
Cameron Mitchell, Harold Robbins, Busby Berkeley, William Powell, Betty Hutton, Guy Madison,
Buddy Rogers and many more.
- In 1991, Wal-Mart
selected Cathedral City as one of the company's first retail outlets in
California, but the store closed when the company opened 2
"Supercenters" nearby, one in nearby Palm Springs and
another in La Quinta.
- Cathedral City has three
major resort hotels: The
Elm near Desert
Shadows RV Resort, opened in 1964, The Doral
Princess is a hotel and championship golf course and the new Sheraton
Resort complex is being built in downtown on the corner of State
Highway 111 and Date Palm Drive.
- The neighborhood of Minerva
Road has an annual Christmas
time light event every December since the first event held in 1987. The
homeowners heavily decorate the block's 46 homes and lawns, and
streetlights are even covered in holiday decor draws in tens of
thousands of spectactors to Minerva Road for a look. The street is
renamed Candy Cane Lane during this time.
- Many celebrities lived in the
area. Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra were among the best known area
residents.The city was the teenage home of actress Suzanne Somers (she still
maintains a second home in nearby Palm Desert),
and a winter residence for actors Robert Duvall and Martin Landau in the 1960s,
and TV show host Monty Hall in the
For more information on the community, follow this link to the Cathedral
web site or to the local newspaper, the Cathedral City Sun
Some additional area links that you will find useful:
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