The Desert of California was established in 1960 in the Oasis of Oakland. The first Desert Conference was held November 25 - 26, 1960 at Menelik Temple Mosque No. 36; located at 925 - 30th Street in the Oasis of Oakland. Walter C. Taylor, Imperial Deputy of the Desert of California presiding. Menelik Temple No. 36, (Oakland) and Thutmose Temple No. 74, (San Francisco) acted as co-host. The following dignitaries were in attendance:

 The Honorable Herbert A. Greenwood, MWGM of the MWPHGL State of CA Inc.
 The Honorable Booker T. Alexander, Imperial Potentate A.E.A.O.N.M.S. Inc
 The Honorable Roscoe C. Washington, Imperial Assistant Rabban
 James C. Purnell (64) Imperial Deputy of the Desert of Oregon
 Jerome L. Hubert (5) Imperial Deputy of the Oasis of Los Angeles
 Burney J. Williams (36) Imperial Deputy of the Oasis of Oakland
 Emmett L. Draper (74) Imperial Deputy of the Oasis of San Francisco
 Augustus Holdelaw (102) Imperial Deputy of the Oasis of San Diego
 Harvey Chisom (36) Ill. Deputy of the Valley A.A.S.R.
 Theodore Moss (5) Past Most Worshipful Grand Master
 Archille W. Herbert (5) Illustrious Master Knight Supreme Council Order of the Knights of Pythagoras

The first meeting of the Desert of California was called to order at 10 a.m. The following Temples and their representatives were present for roll call:

1. Egyptian Temple # 5, Los Angeles, CA – Gilbert Lindsey, Illustrious Potentate
2. Menelik Temple # 36, Oakland, CA – C. D. Cannon, Illustrious Potentate
3. Thutmose Temple # 74, San Francisco, CA – F. C. Joseph, Illustrious Potentate
4. Isis Temple # 102, San Diego, CA – Autery Porter, Illustrious Potentate
5. Muharram Temple U.D., Santa Monica, CA – John L. Thompson, Illustrious Potentate
6. Sheik Temple U.D., Riverside, CA – E. A. Ferguson, Illustrious Potentate

Other members of the Desert present at this historical event were: Roy Moore (5), Norman I. Roberts (74), Gilbert P. Jones (36), James Miller (36), Chauncey L. Roane (74), James Miller (36), Vernon Strange (5), Alfred Thompson (95), M. Robinson Baker (36), A. R. McDonald (36), John W. Payne (74), Harvey Peart (36), John Wiley (74), Ralph H. Carney (74), George Holdert (5).

Since the formation of the Desert of California, eleven Nobles have served as Deputy of the Desert of California:

1. Walter C. Taylor - 1960 to 1961, Menelik Temple # 36
2. Jerome Hubert – 1961 to 1968, Egyptian Temple # 5
3. Robert W. Brown – 1968 to 1972, Muharram Temple # 95
4. Clarence Brown – 1972 to 1976, Thutmose Temple # 74
5. Waddell Robinson – 1976 to 1978, Egyptian Temple # 5
6. Frank J. Butler – 1978 to 1990, Menelik Temple # 36
7. Robert Gerard – 1990 to 1993, Isis Temple # 102
8. George L. Greene – 1993 to 1996, Saphar Temple # 117
9. George H. Garlington – 1996 to 2004, Alooma Temple # 212
10. Samuel K. Barlow – 2004 to 2006, Alcazar Temple # 179
11. Terrell A. Gray, Sr. – 2007 to present, Thutmose Temple # 74

Desert of California Temples

1. Egyptian Temple # 5, Chartered October 11, 1893
2. Menelik Temple # 36, Chartered October 20, 1906
3. Thutmose Temple # 74, Chartered August 19, 1960
4. Muharram Temple # 95, Chartered October 14, 1961
5. Sheik Temple # 98, Chartered August, 1961
6. Isis Temple # 102, Chartered August 4, 1921
7. Saphar Temple # 117, Chartered August 20, 1965
8. Alcazar Temple # 179, Chartered August 21, 1972
9. Alooma Temple # 212, Chartered August 16, 1982

Note: 
Egyptian Temple # 5 was originally chartered Cairo Temple # 8, October 11, 1893 and renamed Egyptian Temple # 5 June 20, 1900.

Isis Temple # 102 was reinstated as a Constituted Temple July 6, 1946 after a suspension of three years for non-payment of Per Capita Taxes to the Imperial Council.