In Havasu’s early days, many residents lived in trailers at first. On hot summer days – and there were many – they paddled around in the shallows of Lake Havasu to cool off. Big grocery trips meant driving to Kingman or Needles to get needed supplies.

In between those perceived hardships, a strong sense of community and neighborliness was taking root in the fledgling city. When Havasu was in its infancy some 50-odd years ago, wild burros wandered the streets while the London Bridge was being reassembled on the lakefront. Everyone had high hopes that the town would grow and worked toward that shared goal.

Hear about that camaraderie and more from three men who were teens at the time when the Lake Havasu Museum of History Sept. 10 presents “Growing Up in the Early Days of Lake Havasu City.”

Speakers David Ade, Breck Alvord, and Teddy Kilpatrick will discuss what life was like when their families moved to Havasu from different parts of the nation. The trio was among the first students to attend the Lake Havasu High School when it opened in 1969. Previous to that, high school students were bused to Kingman so they could attend classes. Just being able to go to school every day in their own town seemed like a luxury at first.

Ade, Alvord, and Kilpatrick continue to reside in Lake Havasu City.

Tuesday’s free program is at ASU’s gym at 7 p.m. A wine and cheese reception for museum members is 5:30-6:30 p.m.


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