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
  • The 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.

  • There 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.
  • Aside from 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 acting. 
  • 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 Anza-Borrego Desert.
  • The film Scorpion King shot 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.
see:  http://issuu.com/abfbriana/docs/desert_update__spring_2009