Palm Springs’ pioneer gem: the McCallum Adobe

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Nestled amidst the desert chic of Palm Springs lies the McCallum Adobe, the city’s oldest surviving structure. Built in 1884 by homesteader John McCallum, it’s an intriguing snapshot into the area’s early days. Constructed with the help of local Cahuilla Indians using traditional adobe techniques, this two-story structure stands in stark contrast to the modern architecture of Palm Springs.

Today, meticulously restored, the McCallum Adobe operates as a museum managed by the Palm Springs Historical Society. Visitors can explore the well-preserved rooms adorned with period furniture and learn about the lives of the McCallum family and the desert’s fascinating past.

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