Havasu Hotel Circa late 1964

The Havasu Hotel was a city landmark and one of the first hotels to be built in Lake Havasu. Prospective buyer’s flown in to town by McCulloch’s fleet of Lockheed aircraft were treated to a tour of the city. Many of those taking the guided tours were from colder climates and were immediately sold on the blue skies, sparkling lake, and warm temperatures—even in the winter! At the end of the day residents spent the night at the Havasu Hotel and were greeted by an amazing waterfall that flowed off the roof of the hotel and into a pond. Quite a way to end a spectacular first day in Havasu!

Living During the Sixties in Havasu:


-First elementary school opened

-Arnold Plaza opened with Claypool Market—first doctor (Dr. Daniel Blez) and dentist (Dr. Hal Togerson) set up shop

-First apartments—the Andrus Apartments—built

-First subdivision developed on Sunflower Drive



-First church built—First Southern Baptist on North Palo Verde

-Valley National Bank and Phoenix Title and Trust Company opened



-Population reaches 1,000

-50 miles of paved roads constructed

-First post office opened

-Volunteer fire department established