Coachella Valley History Museum Gardens & Railway Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Indio
Document Title
Coachella Valley History Museum Gardens & Railway Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Coachella Valley History Museum has partnered with the Indio Water Authority for the Gardens and Railway Project. This Project will encompass a 15,000 square foot area in the northeast corner of the Coachella Valley History Museum campus that will feature an array of drought-tolerant desert gardens along with an immersive and interactive railway exhibit that will prominently feature a former Southern Pacific Train Car. The Gardens will feature a variety of drought-tolerant desert demonstration garden and include community gardens that will welcome community and school groups to grow seasonal vegetables and experience educational opportunities. The demonstration gardens will be professionally designed to depict the beauty the desert has to offer and to bring awareness to our need to preserve our limited resource water. The Railway portion will feature a Southern Pacific Train Car with virtual and interactive capabilities that will allow a person to be transported to a time when the railway was the premier mode of transportation. Through current and developing technological capabilities, the Museum seeks to create virtual trips to places around the world. The Railway Exhibit Hall will depict the vital importance the railroads played in the establishment and development of our valley. The Desert Submarine will allow you to immerse yourself in the early cooling system developed to allow workers to survive the extreme desert heat. This will be a scaled replica of the current Desert Submarine that is on display on the museum grounds

Contact Information

Kevin H Snyder
Agency Name
City of Indio
Job Title
Community Development Director
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Southern California
Cross Streets
Miles Avenue and Deglet Noor Street
Total Acres
State Highways
Highway 111
Southern Pacific
Bermuda Dunes
Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Roosevelt Elementary School

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4 Title 14 Section 15304 - Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
The project is a minor alteration to an existing built site currently occupied by the Coachella Valley History Museum involving minor alterations to the site to support a desert appropriate demonstration garden interactive rail museum space.
County Clerk


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