Rightfully so, Rancho Mirage ranks right up there with some of the most amazing resorts around.  And as a result, I was resplendently happy to recently stumble upon a book that revealed my adopted city through a retrospective of remarkable photographs.  In a word, “Images of America: Rancho Mirage” rocks!

Just Fabulous (an emporium of art, books, greeting cards, and gifts at The Corridor in Palm Springs) hosted author Dr. Leo Mallette, an aerospace engineer and faculty member at Pepperdine University who lives with his wife in Irvine and Rancho Mirage.  He has assembled a collection of over 200 photos culled from country clubs, private collections, generous individuals, and the City of Rancho Mirage itself—all of which chronicle our fair municipality from its earliest days, when the area was occupied largely by big horn sheep and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.  These images are the backbone of yet another entry into the vast collection of cities recorded in the “Images of America” series.

I’m sure visitors and residents alike will love seeing history unfold as they peruse page upon page paying homage to date farms and ranchos, the rich and famous, and mere mortals.  The tome is worth it just for the burgeoning residential communities pictured, which have come to be revered in present-day as having been designed in the “mid-century modern” modality.

I love seeing where we’ve been, appreciating the present, and projecting where we’ll go in the future.  A beautiful book like “Rancho Mirage” helps me do that, and gives me high hopes for the future of our beautiful city.

Images of America: Rancho Mirage is available at Barnes and Noble’s bookstores or online at www.barnesandnoble.com