New Exhibit Honors Legacy of Valley Pioneer


An exhibit honoring Coachella Valley pioneer and philanthropist Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreon is now open at the Coachella Valley History Museum. His foundation has donated over $1 million in scholarships since 1991. PHOTO: Courtesy of Dr. Carreon Foundation


By Tony Aguilar, Coachella Unincorporated

INDIO, Calif. — A new exhibit honoring the late Dr. Reynaldo Carreon, an Eastern Coachella Valley pioneer and philanthropist, is now open at the Coachella Valley History Museum, located at 82616 Miles Avenue.

The “Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreon: A Source of Inspiration and Giving” exhibit and the reopening of the Jardin del Desierto were made possible by the efforts of the Dr. Carreon Foundation.

Donated by the Carreon family in 1988, the Jardin del Desierto, or Desert Garden, was dedicated to the early Hispanic settlers of the Coachella Valley. Revitalization efforts of the garden included clean up, overhaul and the planting of native desert plants.

“The exhibit will highlight some of the many achievements that the doctor accomplished in his life, tools used during his years as an optometrist as well as the legacy left behind by Dr. Carreon and his family,” said Gloria Rodriguez, executive director of the Dr. Carreon Foundation.

The Coachella Valley Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The museum’s mission is to preserve, interpret and share the artifacts that create a dialogue about the evolving history of the Coachella Valley.

The late Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreon established the Reynaldo J. Carreon M. D. Foundation prior to his death in 1991. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $1 million dollars in scholarships to more than 400 college students of Mexican American descent.  In addition, Dr. Carreon Boulevard, Dr. Carreon Park and the Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreon Jr. Academy in Indio are named in his honor.

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  • March 2, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    I find the article, “New Exhibit Honors Legacy of Valley Pioneer” is most interesting for me. I would very much like to know more about Dr. Reynaldo Carreon and his legacy. I currently live in Stockton California. I am the great-granddaughter of John Nobles and understand that in the 1930s Dr. Carreon gave or sold (not clear) his property in Indio to John Nobles, which was left to my mother in 1942. I would like to know how my great-grandfather came about to own his property and what was the relationship to Dr. Carreon, i.e., Did he work for him? Were they friends? Any information would be most helpful.
    Thank you,
    Sheryle Cooke


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