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Annexation and Statehood

Palm Springs stagecoach station as sketched by Carl Eytel

Courtesy of the Braun Research Library, Autry National Center of the American West, Los Angeles; Photo #EYTEL.79.390


Jose Lebacho and other Cahuilla Indians construct irrigation ditches in the area now known as Palm Springs to water crops and orchards.


The United States wins the Mexican-American War, annexing half of Mexico’s territory, including California. A stage line is established through Cahuilla territory. Settlers begin to occupy the region.


California becomes a State.

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