1Havasu Palms, A Hostile Takeover

A true story…

Havasu Palms, A Hostile Takeover is the true story of one hard working pioneering family in the 20th century, and how their life’s work was stolen – a theft sanctioned by the United States Government and the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe.

When Americans greeted 1968, the country was at a crossroads. An unpopular war raged in Vietnam. The hippie exodus from Haight-Ashbury had occurred a few months earlier; Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in April of that year, and Bobby Kennedy was killed a few months later. The country was preparing to send a man to the moon and while there were unverified reports of protesting women burning their bras, it was more a metaphor for the growing women’s liberation movement.

For one American family, 1968 was the beginning of a new adventure in a remote desert community in Southern California. They believed in the American dream, where hard work and honesty have just rewards. The family put their trust in government promises, in spite of the fact the common belief among the country’s youth was that the federal government could not be trusted. Perhaps, the family should have paid attention.

Includes over 70 photographs.


5Where the Road Ends,

Havasu Palms Recipes & Remembrances

Where the Road Ends tells the story of the oldest resort on Lake Havasu. With over 85, never before published photographs, beginning in the 1930’s, this book tells the story of the miners and pioneers who developed Road’s End Camp, later known as Havasu Palms.

It is the remarkable account of Havasu Palms’ major force for three decades, Walt Johnson, who created a remote paradise in spite of broken government promises and betrayal. It is the tale of a modern day pioneer family and those who came before them.

Where the Road Ends, Havasu Palms Recipes and Remembrances also includes over 150 favorite recipes donated by the people who have themselves added flavor and character to the place…where the road ends.

Only Available in Paperback





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