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Title supplied by cataloger. La Quinta is a resort city located in the Coachella Valley; the area was first established in the early 18th century by Spanish conquistadores. Agriculture developed in present-day La Quinta in the late 19th century and early 20th century by pre-modern and modern irrigation techniques; in 1927 Walter Morgan established the now-famous La Quinta Resort, as a secluded hideaway for Hollywood celebrities and socialites; State Route 111 was constructed and paved in the 1930s; and in the 1950s and 1960s, further expansion of Washington Street connected La Quinta with US Highways 60 and 99. La Quinta, nicknamed "The Gem of the Desert", was incorporated as a city in Riverside County in 1982. Growth rose dramatically by the mid-1990s, and as of the 2000 census, the city's population was listed at 23,694. Aerial view of La Quinta from the north; view is looking southwest. Dwellings are sparsely scattered on plotted sections of land, and Fritz Burns Park, located on Avenida Bermudas and 52nd Avenue, is visible left of center near the upper grid. Even though several lush orchards are sprinkled throughout, the area still appears to be very arid. The large road curving at bottom right corner is Highway 111. Photograph dated November 17, 1956.
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