tv Founding of Lake Havasu City CSPAN November 4, 2018 9:26pm-9:46pm EST
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population of 54,000. coming up, we will hear about the city's founder and how he enticed people to move to his newly formed desert community. life can be beautiful and the wonderful small world of your own. city, where history is making progress and progress is making history. a wonderful small world of priceless year-round recreation and a growing thriving world are always small town close to an exciting world of better living. >> i think a lot of people thought robert mcculloch was crazy for trying to build a city in the middle of the desert. i think they wondered what he was thinking and how he would ever attract any people here to populate a city. as anyone can see today, we are
a population of about 54,000 and we are a thriving bustling city that wouldn't be here if it hadn't been for him. he had the vision to start the city. robert mcculloch was an inventor before he came here. he graduated as an engineer in the 1930's. in the 1950's he was looking for a place to test his outdoor motor. he flew over the lake and saw the landing strip at site six, which was an armed our camp for the military and turned into a fishing camp in the 1950's. it had an airstrip so he landed and decided this area would be a perfect place to test these outboard motors. within a year he had the entire , test facility set up, had employees testing the motors on the lake.
the longer he stayed here, the more he thought how interesting it would be. there was a lot of land here to develop a city. he purchased more than 16,000 acres of land from the state in order to develop the city that he had envisioned. land, hepurchased the employed an old friend of his from california who was best known for designing disneyland to come and help them design the new city. if you look at our street map , you can kind of tell somebody with a fantastic imagination did that. it looks like a bowl of spaghetti was thrown in a wall and that is where our streets came from. in reality the streets were designed so everybody had a view >> after he bought the land and
decided it would be a great live,to -- for people to he came up with this fantastic purchasing airplanes, flying people into lake havasu free of charge from the colder climb to look at land to purchase for their future home side. out and team that went showed them videos of how beautiful it would be if they were in a place like lake havasu in february with two feet of snow on the ground. >> lake havasu city as a community you should look into right now. you can with no cost to you. you are invited to take a visit necessarilysu city interested guest of the developer. he will fly free to lake havasu city and board and airliner with electric jet. accommodations and
you will cruise beautiful lake havasu. you'll enjoy a private tour of the city and the bridge development area. -- so fly to the wonderful city, allake havasu expenses paid. it can be the most rewarding trip of your life. .> we lived in chicago my mom had gone to the doctor at one point and the doctor told her that if she did not get to a dryer climate that she would be crippled within a couple of years. us to the upper peninsula in michigan. while we were up there we went through probably the worst winter i have ever been through. with the wind chill it was 60 below. outside where it was probably colder. he came home one day and my mom was not expecting him that week
he can see only came home on the weekends because of the drive. he came home and my mom asked why he was here. she said i'm moving to arizona, do you want to go with me. she was shocked he already purchased the property and they knew they were come out here. they came out in 1968 and they knew they would retire here but the winter outside of michigan made him decide that that was a really bad move. originally he took us up to michigan because that is where he was born and he wanted to go back there. that was kind of why we ended up out here. >> robert mcculloch bought three airplanes when he bought the land here. he bought one in new york, one in detroit and one in the chicago area at midway airport. if you came out on one of his flights you came out for a three-day weekend and you sat presentation,les
as well as having a weekend free out here. if you bought a priest a property than your whole week and was paid for. he stayed at the havasu resort hotel, which is no longer here. it was located where the city buildings are now, up on the hill. it had a good view of the lake the cousin was nothing here in those days. you could see all the way down to the lake. it was very beautiful my dad said. my parents, being 12 below zero just chicago decided to take it we can to go to arizona. my mother was very interested in purchasing real estate during her lifetime. they came out, they bought a piece of property and then came home after the weekend. i think a lot of the first population came out of those three flights, chicago, new york and detroit. there were a lot of people from your, michigan, illinois and wisconsin.
i think that had something to do with it was those fights in the 1960's. >> when i first got here everything was so spread out. not unusual to not be able to see these houses. you did not have neighbors the same way you did. theyderstanding was that do not open the town section by section. they kind of drove you around throughout the entire area and you chose the lot that you would like. developments now you see a little bit here and then some over here and they open up this. i understand that they did not do that. they drove you through the entire area and whatever you liked is what you could buy. it made everything different. i think that is part of why the city grew up differently. you cannot just be a
neighborhood. -- ifer to have friends you knew people they were from the entire city. you were not restricted to a neighborhood. >> there is a small track downtown that had a little bit of a neighborhood. a lot of times you go there for halloween because there is a little bit of a neighborhood. when we -- where we live the south side of town it could be a mile between houses. a lot of us would go down to that track, which is downtown to do things like halloween or things like that. folks -- i don't even know how they did it. a lot of the early folks that came lived in mobile homes out on the island. they waited for houses to be built. there was a whole process of getting water here. mail was delivered in the middle of the lake because it was the
river on the other side of the lake. the roads in here were horrific trade mostly dirt. were -- in thee true sense of the word, pioneers. fromhad to really start scratch. as the city grew it got all of the amenities that most cities have. water, rotter -- running electricity, they had one phone at the beginning. it was crazy. it was like going into the frontier. so lake havasu museum of history has really try to preserve a lot of the history of this town. , as a city, you would think there is not a lot of history here but there is a lot of history. museumsion here at the is to try to preserve that for the future.
>> lake havasu located on arizona's western border offers seven recreational opportunities for residents and tourists. an border of southern arizona and california. we will hear about the construction of parker dam and how the two states manage this important resource. the colorado river is essentially the only major river in this part of the world that will supply -- it supplies 40 million people total. it is a big deal. be major problems if this river dried up. this is the economy and the lifeblood of this area of the world. the colorado river borders two states, california and arizona. california and arizona have historically not gone along too well with water.
in particular from the colorado river. waiver --e colorado river was authorized by congress. it needed to be ratified by all of seven basis states of the watershed within the colorado river. all states except for arizona signed right away. arizona thought california was getting way too much water so they refused to sign it. they continue to refuse to sign it for decades afterwards. parker dam was initially constructed in 1935 were completed in 1938. the primary reason for constructing the dam was for metropolitan water district of southern california to access colorado river water as part of their entitlement on the river and to draw that to the l.a. area and down to san diego as well. construction commenced, the sent sixovernor
.nto play was sometime in 1937 in 1938 the last bucket of cement was put in and they completed it and they started filling lake havasu. on october 16, 1938 this was born. the primary reason for this lake to be formed was for the metropolitan water district of southern california. but in 1968, another act by congress was passed on the colorado -- called the colorado river congress act which authorized the construction of the central arizona aqueduct that goes to phoenix, now to tucson and beyond. about a million acre-feet of water going through l.a., which if you don't know what a acre foot it -- is, it is enough to feed to families of three or four for a year. tother 1.5 acre-feet goes phoenix and tucson.
river, just from those to population centers and the areas that the water providers service is about 20 million people. it is it a very significant -- it is a very significant population. hydroelectric generators go down services large agricultural concerns down the river, as far away as the imperial valley of southern california. yuma areas get all of their water from this area as well as other individual farms all the way down. it services a lot. conflicts, we have been through those in mass amounts over the years. between all of the states. we have also noted that we cannot just tie things up in court forever because nothing
will get done. some of these cases that have been taken to court have taken decades long. it has created careers for life. instead of conflict we have 2003, to-- since cooperate with each other. we have done so up to this point and will hopefully continue to do so into the future. good cooperation between not just the big layers but all of the entities that are dependent on this river. for example, lake havasu city, we are 100% depended on the river. we do not have groundwater that will sustain the city if the river went away. the river creates this. when the river dries up it goes down. we are 100% on that. we want to make sure that whatever the big picture is taking place, the big players, we are a little fish and all this but we want to make sure we
can sustain ourselves and that is what we are trying to do. most visitors who come to lake ,avasu city visit our lake which is our economy for the city. they do not realize that the lake is here to serve 20 million people's water supply, or for agriculture for all the crops that are grown. they look at it as a program -- a playground. it is a lake to have fun in. that is part of the deal. we try to educate as much as we can in town with water conservation to tell them what is out here. >> our cities tour staff recently traveled to wake havasu , arizona. learn more on c-span.org/cities tour. you are watching american history tv, all weekend, every weekend on c-span3.
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