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Having lived in northern Arizona and seen what happened to the leaseholders at Hawley Lake when another tribal government and the Bureau of Indian Affairs did pretty much the same thing, and having observed what the Forest Service did to leaseholders in Madera Canyon south of Tucson, I now all too well how empty the promises of these entities can be. While one side works in good faith, the other makes back room deals and breaks all the rules. Even the rules that they themselves create!
Well written and filled with many excellent photographs, Havasu Palms is an easy read, but not one that will leave you feeling good about what can happen to the good guys in America today. The author knows and tells the story well, because she lived it.
If you've ever lived in Lake Havasu, Parker, or surrounding areas, or know someone who does and are interested in a bit of Arizona history, check this one out. My husband isn't much for words, but all he could say was "Wow. I can't believe that happened."
Walt Johnson gave up a successful business as a general contractor to build Havasu Palms on the California shoreline of Lake Havasu. The Johnson family embarked on a 30 year task to turn a ramshackle fishing camp into a picturesque summer campground, restaurant and marina, all the while battling the underhanded dealings of both the Federal government and the Chemehuevi Indian Reservation. In the end, they were cheated out of every bit of it, effectively exiled from their home by the tribe. Author Bobbi Ann Johnson Holmes has written a moving tribute to her father and mother, Walt and Caroline Johnson. In doing so, she has preserved the poignant story of a close-knit clan who lived their dream. I loved it...
It's a shame that none of the government entities invovled had the cojones to do the right thing. And then had the audacity to steal and conjole - but that's what they have been doing since Mr. Lincoln's days, isn't it?
The story was a fast read and I enjoyed seeing the pictures of the progress. Altho I have never been able to stay in the Lake Havasu area -we have passed back and forth many times. Now that we have an RV, maybe we will stay for a visit. We are Nick Russell fans, so when he mentioned this book I bought it knowing it had his stamp of approval on it already :)
Wishing you and your Mom well - this certainly confirmed by current thoughts - I don't trust anyone in any government position!
As we approach our own retirement, we've actually discussed all the things that could go wrong. This is scary stuff. You've got to look past the factions in this hostile takeover, and realize that there will always be factions with the power to overturn our lives.
So many times we read things like this in the news as an impersonal blip without seeing how very deeply it impacts the people involved. A great memoir and memorial.
You will want to read this story. It is hard to imagine this kind of thing can still happen in America, and after you do, you will walk away shaking your head just like I did.