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Cornelia White House

The Cornelia White House is a historic 1893 wooden residential structure located in downtown Palm Springs, California, and is one of the oldest surviving structures – of any kind – in the town.

Cornelia White House
Cornelia White House.jpg
The house, seen in 2012
General information
Address221 South Palm Canyon Drive
Town or cityPalm Springs, CA
CountryUnited States
Coordinates33°49′15″N 116°32′49″W / 33.8208°N 116.5470°W / 33.8208; -116.5470Coordinates: 33°49′15″N 116°32′49″W / 33.8208°N 116.5470°W / 33.8208; -116.5470
Construction started1893
OwnerPalm Springs Historical Society

Cornelia White historyEdit

The Palmdale Railroad was a horse-drawn narrow gauge short-line railroad in town.[1] It ran along Palm Springs' present-day Farrell Drive to the proposed town site of Palmdale near the foot of Mount San Jacinto. The rail line was short-lived and had been abandoned by 1893 due to lack of water.

The Cornelia White House was built in 1893, and is made entirely of "recycled" railroad ties taken from under the Palmdale Railroad's tracks. The residence is named for its original owner, Cornelia B. White, who was an early pioneer of the Palm Springs area.

McCallum AdobeEdit

The McCallum Adobe, seen in 2012

The Cornelia White House was built next to the 1884 McCallum Adobe, itself notable as the adobe home of the area's first European American settler, John McCallum, as well as for being the first successful adobe structure in the upper Coachella Valley.

McCallum Adobe-Cornelia White House MuseumEdit

Since 1961 the two structures, today known as the McCallum Adobe-Cornelia White House Museum, are directed by and the property of the Palm Springs Historical Society.[2] The historic houses, with other items of local history such as the earliest telephones in Palm Springs, are on display and open to the public to visit at 221 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Lech, Steve (2004). Along the Old Roads: A History of the Portion of Southern California that became Riverside County: 1772–1893. Riverside, CA: Steve Lech. pp. 285–286, 289. OCLC 56035822.
  2. ^ Palm Springs Historical Society accessed 6/22/2010

Further readingEdit

  • Francis F. Crocker (1972). The story of Miss Cornelia's little house. Palm Springs, CA: F. Crocker. pp. 34. OCLC 14997521

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