Vishnu Temple Press
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Vishnu Temple Press publishes and distributes non-fiction books about the Grand Canyon and Colorado Plateau.

Vishnu Temple in the Grand Canyon Art © Ron Short

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The Last Homesteader on the Arizona Strip
by Jean Luttrell


Order John H. Riffey and The Last Homesteader on the Arizona Strip and save $$. Combination of the two books available for $20

"The great Arizona Strip adventure began with a decision by my father, 32-year-old Al Craig, to seek land to homestead. Al was bored, restless, and tired of being the owner/operator of the Pacific Garage in Redondo Beach, California. Responding to a news article that said veterans could apply their service time to the homestead requirement and also to his deep-seated need for adventure, Al left Redondo Beach on a crisp September morning in the year 1927. With bedroll, chuck box, plus gas and water barrels stowed in the back seat of a Chrysler taxi cab, which he had received as payment for the cab company's past due gas bill, he set off on a journey of more than 1,000 miles. Thus began the Arizona Strip adventure-an adventure that lasted more than 40 years."

Jean Luttrell is the author of John H. Riffey The Last Old-Time Ranger. Riffey was great friends with her father, Al Craig, and we had long hoped she would share her memories with us of growing up on the Arizona Strip as the daughter and grand-daughter of homesteaders near Mt. Trumbull beginning in the 1930s. Her story is of hopes and hardships, rodeos, fires, blizzards and droughts, hard work and the neverending search for water. Al was driving out there before the CCC built the dirt roads we still use to access this stark but fascinating land. Their neighbors were welcoming and supportive but were not living within hailing distance. Only the hardiest and most determined stayed.

978-0-9905270-9-1, 240 pages, b&w photographs, 6" wide x 9" high, March 2018, $17.95.

The Last Homesteader on the Arizona Strip is also available from the following:
Bright Side Bookshop, Flagstaff, AZ
Marble Canyon Lodge, Marble Canyon, AZ
Museum of Northern Arizona Bookstore, Flagstaff, AZ
Willow Canyon Books & Coffee, Kanab, UT

The Last Homesteader is also available as a kindle ebook. To order from Amazon click here Last Homesteader on the AZ Strip

by Jean Luttrell 978-0-9905270-9-1, March 2018
soft cover, 240 pages, b&w photographs $17.95

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