Did You Know?
There are NO Stop Lights in Borrego Springs!
There is one elevator in town at Borrego Ranch Resort (La
Casa del Zorro)
The Performing Arts
Center used to be the Borrego Movie Theater
The Center Market
grocery store used to be a Bowling Alley
Quonset Hut on Palm Canyon Dr was brought to Borrego as surplus
following World War II. Local lore has it that the
Quonset hut was moved to Borrego Springs shortly after World War
II. The structure served first as a mess hall for road crews and
then as a variety of restaurants. Known as Bud's Cafe it was the
first eatery in Borrego Valley. The restaurant was originally
operated by George (Bud) Kuhrts. For several years it was the site
of the Red Ocotillo Restaurant which relocated in 2008 to the Palms
Hotel at Indian Head.
Borrego Springs has a
Yacht Club. Some of the residents at Montesoro
(Rams Hill) have purchased remote controlled model sail
boats and created the Borrego Springs Yacht Club. They
get together regularly and sail their boats at one of the
lakes at Montesoro.
Gale Gordon, former Honorary Mayor of Borrego Springs and star
of television’s “The Lucy Show", declared June 24, 1964, a
holiday in Borrego Springs to mark completion of the Montezuma
Valley Road. 160,000 tons of dynamite was used to carve a
way down San Ysidro Mountain to build the Montezuma Valley Road
into Borrego Springs.
used to be a Drive-in Theater on the vacant land near
Christmas Circle on Palm Canyon Dr.
The Borrego Springs family home of the Copley's is called
"Happy Days" and is still owned by David Copley.
In 1948 Gale went
on a search for a mysterious tract of land his mother had bought
many years ago by mail. He never found the land, but his quest
took him to Borrego Springs, California. In 1949,Gale and
Virginia bought a 150 acre lot in Borrego Springs, California.
On this land he built the ranch house, garage, and studio
himself. He also built all the furniture, installed his
own plumbing and swimming pool. Not a ranch for animals, Gale
made use of his land by planting carob trees and harvesting
the beans. With typical Mooney drive, Gale eventually became
“one of the few commercial carob tree growers in the US.”
(Star Notes, Issue #9) In the mid 1950s, Gale became the
president of the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce and he was
later appointed Honorary Mayor of the town.
acting, Gale Gordon was also a successful writer who, in the
1940s, had written two books, “Nursery Rhymes for Babies” and
“Leaves From the Story Trees.” He was also an accomplished
painter with his works having numerous showings to critical
acclaim. During World War Two, Gale got experience in another
field when he was a member of the United States Coast Guard for
four years. Although this job took him all over the world
(mainly to the far east), Gale never lost his passion for
In the 1950's actor Eddie Albert in a partnership that
included actor Richard Boone and producer Tony Miner
eventually acquired 320 acres of land in Borrego Valley.
That land is now part of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
The X-Files’ ninth
season came to an end in San
Diego County. The
cult classic TV show filmed the series finale in our eastern
desert. The Film Commission found a state owned off-road
vehicle park outside of Borrego Springs where the art
department could build a life-size "Anasazi" village. The
special effects team could then blow it up, which included
using helicopters and sidewinder missiles.
The movie "Serenity" was partially filmed in the
The film Scorpion
on location in Borrego Springs, which appears in the opening
sequence as well as
in other parts in the feature. Borrego doubled as
Mesopotamia 3000 B.C.