Photograph of a small group of people playing croquet at Dr. Welwood Murray's hotel in Palm Springs, ca.1901. This was the first hotel in Palm Springs. Also visible is the south porch. Numerous trees surround the hotel. People are also sitting on the covered porch on the one-story structure. Mount San Jacinto is visible in the distance.; "First Palm Springs Hotel in 1903. Dr. Welwood Murray, who came to Palm Springs in 1886, was so impressed with the curative powers of the sun there and the unusually dry climate that he established a sanitarium. Later he began to take in a few 'boarders,' in addition to those who came seeking health, and the sanitarium became, in a sense, a hotel, though it was not until 1909 that the first real hotel was established by Mrs. Nellie N. Coffman." -- Newspaper clipping.