Indio, California is a city located in the Coachella Valley of Southern California's desert region. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 49,116.
Indio has hosted the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival since 1999 as well as other regularly-scheduled festivals. Notable among these are the "Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival" held each February and the "Indio International Tamale Festival" held each December. The largest festival of its kind in the US, the Tamale Festival earned Indio the official nickname of "The City Of Festivals."
The town was laid out in 1894 by A.G. Tingman, a Southern Pacific Railroad construction boss. Tingman was also Indio's first storekeeper and postmaster. Indio was chosen as a railroad stop because it was the halfway point between Los Angeles and Yuma, Arizona. Today, the Southern Pacific's successor, the Union Pacific Railroad maintains that original rail corridor as the main transcontinental line between Los Angeles and New Orleans, Louisiana. Indio's growth over the years was attributable both to the railroad and the coming of U.S. Highway 99 in 1926. Once California's main north-south highway, US 99 was decommissioned in 1964. Its present-day replacements are California State Highway 111, California State Highway 86 and Interstate 10. The original 1903 railroad station, a two-story wooden structure unique to the Southern Pacific, burned to the ground in 1966. Some of the station's artifacts were salvaged and can be viewed at the Coachella Valley Museum and Cultural Center in downtown Indio.
Indio is one of Southern California's most important agricultural regions as well, responsible for an overwhelming percentage of the nation's date crop.
Web Sites and Links
City of IndioOfficial site
Landmark Golf Club - Indio CaliforniaHome of The 1999 - 2003 Skins Game. Online tee times and logo wear.
Martha's Village & KitchenProvides meals, shelter, and other services to homeless families and adults. Includes programs and services, statistics, news, and information on employment and volunteering.
Metal LumaDerek Youngquist works primarily with mild steel to create commanding metal wall sculptures.