Nellie Coffman and the Desert Inn


Nellie Coffman & The Desert Inn

By: Kitty Kieley Hayes
Originally Presented in our DENO Newsletter
Winter 2013

Thanks to DENO board member Cindy Quin, we are pleased to present this article written by Kitty Hayes for our DENO Newsletter. Kitty is Nellie Coffman’s great granddaughter. Her grandfather was Nellie’s youngest son, Owen Earl Coffman. Earl—besides helping his mother manage the Desert Inn—was the driving force/visionary for the building of the tramway. Kitty’s mother, Elizabeth Coffman was the fourth non-indian child born in Palm Springs.

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