In the early years of the 20th century, Indio
was a water stop for the Southern Pacific Railroad, little more than a dot on the desert landscape. To lure farmers and shopkeepers to the
desert, the railroad printed a booklet extolling
the virtues of the arid oasis and offered land at
dirt cheap prices.
Fast-forward about 110 years and Indio, the
THE 21ST CENTURY IS SEEN AS A BLEND OF HISTORY, CULTURE, AND PROGRESS.
BY JUDITH SALKIN, PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHRIS MILLER/IMAGINE IMAGERY
largest city in the Coachella Valley, is known as
the City of Festivals. It is considered the second county seat for Riverside County, and is a
city with a bright future, according to Mayor
Glenn Miller, Mayor Pro Tem Elaine Holmes,
and City Manager Dan Martinez.
“There is a lot of stability here,” says
Martinez of city leaders. “We have a City
MAYOR: Glenn Miller
MAYOR PRO TEM: Elaine Holmes
COUNCIL MEMBERS: Lupe Ramos
Watson, Michael Wilson, Troy Strange
YEAR INCORPORATED: 1930