McCallum Adobe and Cornelia White House, Palm Springs

McCallum Adobe and Cornelia White House, Palm Springs (must see)

Two incredible historic houses sit together, managed by the Palm Springs Historical Society. The houses themselves also contain artifacts from Palm Springs' past, such as the first telephones in the area.

The McCallum Adobe was the home of the first European American settler in the area. It was built in 1884, and it was the first adobe structure built in the area.

The Cornelia White house is a wooden home built in 1893. It's unique in that it is built entirely from railroad ties. The ties came from the Palmdale Railroad, a horse-drawn railroad that connected Palm Springs to Palmdale, abandoned in 1893.

Why You Should Visit

Both houses provide a glimpse into what life was like in nineteenth-century Palm Springs. The two structures are the two oldest buildings in town.

The houses have been fully restored by the historical society, with artifacts from the time that tell the story of early pioneers in town. You'll see not only what living here was like, but also learn a little more about the town and why people came here.

Exhibits inside also feature notable town visitors, focusing on Hollywood starlets from the 1930s to 1950s.


The homes are small, as most houses were in those days, so you don't need very long to see them. This is an excellent stop if you need a fill up a few minutes or get out of the heat. Admission is free, and you can see everything in under an hour.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-4pm
Free admission

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Sight Name: McCallum Adobe and Cornelia White House
Sight Location: Palm Springs, USA (See walking tours in Palm Springs)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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