July 9, 2007

Rancho Dos Palmas Adobe History

The Rancho Dos Palmas adobe house inside the Dos Palmas Preserve near North Shore was built in the 1920s.

  • Rancho Dos Palmas was built in the 1920s out of handmade adobe brick.
  • German-born entrepreneur Gertrude S. Tenderich converted the ranch into a guest lodge in the 1930s.
  • John Hilton, noted desert landscape artist and legendary guide to General George S. Patton, once worked as a handyman at the ranch.
  • Rancho Dos Palmas and the nearby bunkhouse are the last remaining structures at Dos Palmas Preserve, a marshy desert oasis near the northeast margin of the Salton Sea that is home to many threatened and endangered, as well as more common, animal species.
  • The oasis was once a Bradshaw Stagecoach stop, and later a station for the Southern Pacific Railroad.