John Andreas and his wife MargaretCourtesy of Palm Springs Historical Society. All Rights Reserved
STREET NAMES: ANDREAS ROAD, ANDREAS HILLS DRIVE, ANDREAS PALMS DRIVE
ATTRIBUTION: JOHN JOSEPH ANDREAS
LIVED: 09/17/1874 – 10/05/1959
FORMER NAME (OF ANDREAS ROAD): Lawn Street
John Joseph’s father Juan Andreas had been a leader of the panik clan and an early advocate of maintaining control over traditional territories. His influence caused Rincon Village at Andreas Canyon to be a focus of political activity. In 1891, he submitted a signed announcement stating that those wishing to enter Andreas Canyon would require the clan’s consent. He was considered a principal lieutenant of Cabezon — a regional leader of the Cahuilla who fought for Indian sovereignty.
John Joseph married Margaret Augustine in 1910. Though he developed familial ties to the Augustine Reservation and the Morongo Reservation through marriage, John Joseph was raised in Andreas Canyon and considered it to be his ancestral home. Desirous of returning to Andreas Canyon’s Rincon Village, John Joseph and his son Anthony Joseph would request and be granted enrollment at Agua Caliente.
John Joseph served as gatekeeper at the entrance to the Indian Canyons in the late 1930s, collecting tolls to supplement tribal income obtained from the tribal bathhouse at the hot spring. These early business enterprises formed a cornerstone for Palm Springs tourism.
The 1930s also brought with them deep divisions within the tribe. John Joseph supported a faction of tribal members that sought change in tribal government, shifting away from the traditional, clan-based leadership model to a more inclusive form of rule.
About Andreas Canyon
Andreas Canyon is home to an oasis of indigenous Washingtonia filifera palms and more than 150 other species of plants. A foot trail leads through the canyon, passing groves of skirted palms, unusual rock formations (some containing petroglyphs and pictographs), Andreas Creek, and bedrock mortars once used for preparing food.