Indio, California today

If Indio’s residents from over a century ago could see their prized railroad city now, they’d no doubt wonder what the heck was going on: like most cities and towns on Earth, Indio’s seen no small amount of change over the years and has undergone a considerable transformation.

What was once a city that centered around travel and trade (and, later on, military) became somewhat of a hub for tourists and lovers of a good time: present day Indio is chock-full of fairs and festivals with the city’s ‘serious’ side seeming to have taken a backside. Still, as was always the case, Indio has a little something for everyone.

Fun times in Indio

Before delving into some of the city’s specific events and attraction, we ought to take note of the music in the area: for a number of years, the desert valley has held a gathering called the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Aside from the plain old good time that everyone can have there, the Festival is notable for the astounding number of popular performers it has hosted over the years: from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Radiohead, the city and its surrounding area have seen its fair share of celebrities. Those familiar with the city’s storied history probably won’t be surprised by the city’s relevance, although newcomers might wonder how a smaller desert city can attract so many notable individuals.

Truly, there are too many festivals in Indio to mention: after all, the city wasn’t officially nicknamed “The City of Festivals” for no reason. Besides great music performers, Indio also boasts a through-and-through country festival called the County Fairgrounds – lovers of rodeo and similar events will feel right at home here so long as they can align their visit in line with the fair.

Let’s also not forget the gambling: Native Americans know how to set up a poker table and Indio’s two Native casinos are open year-round and can always be counted on to provide quality gaming opportunities to those with full pockets.

Present day Indio’s business side

Of course, while you can have a great time in the quaint Californian city, Indio is far from being a town-sized version of a fun fair. In line with its old status as a business hub, the trade of present-day Indio is in full swing and the city is either a permanent or temporary home to many traders.

Other than tourism, agriculture is also another important source of income for residents of Indio and it has its fair share of large crop fields that pave the way to some major exporting, proving that Indio would be just fine even in the absence of a ‘tourist destination’ label.

And what about paying homage to history? If you’re curious about Indio’s earlier days, think about visiting the Coachella Valley History Museum: as opposed to just covering Indio’s history, the museum specializes in keeping records for the entire valley and will give you a great look into how the city’s pioneers made it great. Also, be sure to check out Indio’s murals – many residents think of these pieces of art as integral to the city’s character and strongly advise each visitor to check out as many of them as possible.

History of Route 99

There’s a lot more to California’s Route 99 than its ominous name: it could rightly be called one of the most important roads in American history.

And while the road’s original iteration was retired several decades ago, Route 99 continues to be an important part of America’s heritage and many of its pieces remain in use to this day. The old Route 99 runs south to I-10 that continues across the US from Los Angeles to Texas all the way to Florida. Many incredible local businesses were started along Route 99 and I-10. Continue reading “History of Route 99”

History of Indio, California

For a relatively small city, California’s Indio has always had a lot going on. From the city’s early days as a railroad and commerce hub to its present status as a festival haven, one thing remained true: living in the city should cure even the most resilient boredom problems.

Route 99 ran north and south down to I-10 that extends from Los Angeles, California to San Antonio, Texas and on to Florida in the eastern United States. Continue reading “History of Indio, California”