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Book tells history of Indio
By Xochitl Pena   - 02/01/2008

The Desert Sun

More Info on This Book: Indio

Local author and historian Patricia Baker Laflin is bringing Indio's heritage to life in a pictorial book titled "Indio."

It is published by Arcadia Publishing and will be available to the public online and at area bookstores on Monday.

Readers will be able to see how Indio - the valley's largest city - started as a railroad town and transformed into the "Date Capital of the United States" and "City of Festivals."

Laflin's impetus for writing the book she said, was wanting people to know how important Indio was to the settlement of the Coachella Valley.

"It was the first major settlement. I really just wanted people to know how much work went into taming the desert," she said.

Laflin, who moved to the Indio area in 1950, but now lives in Bermuda Dunes, used hundreds of photos and personal interviews to craft the book.

"The people in those pictures are the ones that deserve the credit for establishing the place we have," Laflin said.

Most of the photos used in the book came from the archives of the Coachella Valley Museum and Cultural Center, but also from the Indio Chamber of Commerce and individuals.

The royalties she would normally receive as author are going to the Coachella Valley Historical Society, which operates the museum.

"It looked like it was going to be great," said Connie Cowan about the book. "I'm just anxious to get one myself."

Cowan, the volunteer director of archives at the museum, said the book will be available at the museum and anticipates it will become a hit.

"A lot of our visitors are really going to like this book."

Buy It Now: Indio $19.99




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