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Indian Wells in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Eisenhower Mountain

Eisenhower Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Douglass Halvorsen, March 28, 2013
1. Eisenhower Mountain Marker
Inscription.  Eisenhower Mountain towers 1,952 feet above Eldorado Country Club, the oldest residential country club in Indian Wells, and the desert home of President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower.

"Ike" and Mamie spent many winters beneath the peak, enjoying the sun, golf and breathtaking desert scenery. Eventually, local residents started referring to it as "Eisenhower's Mountain."

The name became official in 1973, through the efforts of The Living Desert, whose preserved wilderness met the western base of the mountain. Supported by Eldorado Country Club, Eisenhower Medical center, Palm Desert Community Church, where the Eisenhowers worshipped (sic), and the cities of Indian Wells and Palm Desert, The Living Desert petitioned the Federal Board of Geographic Names. With Mrs. Eisenhower's consent, the name "Eisenhower Mountain" was approved for federal use.

In the same year, The Living Desert received permission from the Bureau of Land Management to lease the west slope and build a nature trail up the side of the mountain. The City of Indian Wells subsequently purchased the 640-acre slope from the Bureau, for $2.50 an acre,
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in order to conserve its natural beauty and establish it as an addition to The Living Desert. The Eisenhower Mountain Nature Trail interprets the peak's unique rock formations and plant and animal life and gives hikers a spectacular view of the rugged mountains and the Coachella Valley.

On October 14, 1976, General Eisenhower's birthday, Eisenhower Mountain and its newly completed trail were dedicated. The same day marked the beginning of a 69 year lease of the west slope to The Living Desert.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #34 Dwight D. Eisenhower series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 14, 1976.
Location. 33° 43.305′ N, 116° 20.272′ W. Marker is in Indian Wells, California, in Riverside County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of California Route 111 and Eldorado Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 44950 Eldorado Drive, Indian Wells CA 92210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian Wells (a few steps from this marker); Dwight David Eisenhower (within shouting distance of this marker); Eisenhower Walk of Honor (within shouting distance of this marker); Palm Desert Historical Society Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles
Eisenhower Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Douglass Halvorsen, March 28, 2013
2. Eisenhower Mountain Marker
away); Jimmy Swaggart's "Date" (approx. 6.2 miles away); USS Liberty Tree - USN Captain William L. McGonagle (approx. 6.6 miles away); Smiley Place (approx. 6.6 miles away); History of Electricity in the Coachella Valley (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indian Wells.
More about this marker. Marker is located at Indian Wells City Hall.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 440 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 20, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 6, 2023