Today we were surprised by members of the Byrne family who dropped in for lunch carrying a small gem of 29 Palms Inn history and a heartwarming story to go with it. This is an original receipt dating back to September 24th 1957 showing Sgt. Laurence Thomas Byrne and his family stayed in Cabin #3 for one night for a total of $8.50.
Meet Teresa, Jacqueline, Alexandra and Charissa; daughters and granddaughters of Laurence Thomas Byrne, a US Marine Corp Sargent who was stationed at the 29 Palms Military Base in the 50’s. Knowing that the girls were traveling to Palm Springs for a Spring Break getaway Laurence told them they had to come up to the 29 Palms Inn for lunch, his treat, and sent them over with an original receipt from his stay at the Inn dating back to September 24th 1957.
Laurence, his wife Joan Marie (who was expecting Teresa at the time) and three children had driven the long 3000 mile drive from Brooklyn in only 2 ½ days and arrived to town needing a place to stay. They pulled into the 29 Palms Inn “because he heard this was the elite place to stay” and settled for the night in Cabin #3. Jacqueline (second from right in photo) celebrated her first 1st birthday three days after this visit, and Teresa (far right in photo) was born only three weeks later so Laurence thought it would special for them both to come to the Inn today and explore the property, and the city of Twentynine Palms.
Paul & Jane, the current Inn keepers we were so thrilled to have had the pleasure to meet them today, hear their story and thank the Byrne family for their generous donation of this receipt which was hand written and signed by Jane’s father, Robert Van Lahr as it’s a wonderful piece of 29 Palms Inn history! #29PalmsInnHistory #29PalmsInnStories #shareyourstory