Bill & Prudie Underhill and The Desert Trail
Susan Smith Evans of Palm Desert, CA
November 15, 1997
6396 Adobe Rd.
After serving in WWI, the urge to homestead brought Bill Underhill to Twentynine Palms in 1928. He helped build roads and the first public swimming pool, and was active in the first American Legion Post 729. Establishing a weekly newspaper, The Desert Trail, he published its 4-page inaugural issue on April 18, 1935, proclaiming "Watch Twentynine Palms Grow!" In 1941, Bill married Prudence Mason of Pasadena, who helped with the newspaper. Together they built the first indoor movie theater, drive-in theater and roller rink.
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Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
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