I looked out my window sometime New Year's Eve and saw a large white ball of light moving up the street toward the driveway.
It wasn't the nearly full moon shining so brightly that I could have read the Daily Miner anywhere in the yard by moonlight.
As the bright ball of light approached and stopped in my yard, I could see that it was a large crystal ball with 2002 written across the top.
As I watched, scenes of things that would happen in the New Year played in full color as if I were watching a large screen television.
I recognized Northern Avenue and the current location of Butler.
What I saw on the screen was not anything I had seen in the area before.
A talking head appeared and began to describe what I was seeing.
"This is Butler as it developed in 2002," the head said.
He went on to describe what I was seeing as a large hotel complex and casino with flashing neon sign proclaiming it to be the "Butler Indian Nation Kokopelli Hotel and Casino." Behind the Casino was the first tee of a Tiger Woods golf course.
Not far from the casino complex was a brightly colored discount shopping center with all top name stores.
A huge billboard declared the shopping mall as a "sales tax free zone."
Across the street stood a small group of Kingman elected officials and staff.
"How can we compete with this tax free competitor right next to our city limits?" I heard one of them say.
"Why did we not annex the area when we had the opportunity back in 2001?" another said.
At that point the crystal ball cut away to downtown Kingman with scenes along Beale Street and Andy Devine Avenue.
"Grease" was playing at a reopened downtown theatre and the whole area was lit with neon.
I was sure I had been taken back to my school days in the 50s.
What a thrill to think I would have this chance to relive those days on a 50s street in Kingman.
People were crowding the streets and it seemed there was no place left to park my 1952 red Chevy convertible.
Then I saw a spot next to a red corvette in front of a 50s soda fountain with Marilyn Monroe sitting at the counter.
She was visiting with the M and M boys from the 50s television hit "Route 66" that made the highway famous across America.
I saw tourists from Europe and the Far East flashing lots of money to spend.
Many were staying at the Beale and Brunswick Hotels.
The Guedons were deep in French conversation with some of them.
I could see a large and new subdivision across the tracks from the Powerhouse Visitor Center with at least 75 new homes.
Behind me on the hillsides back of the courthouse were several large and expensive homes all built in a historic Spanish style.
I suspected some big money Hollywood stars and the owners of those Butler casino and mall stores had built those houses.
The old Commercial Building on Fourth and Beale Streets was full of lights and shoppers.
Inside I found a Saks Fifth Avenue, an Armani Men's Store, an upscale western wear and boot store, a Victoria's Secret, and Sorensen's Golf Emporium.
Across Andy Devine was a restored Burlington Northern Santa Fe Depot that housed the corporate offices of the railroad.
Next-door was a new Harvey House with staff wearing the black and white uniforms of the late 1800s.
The place was packed with tourists.
The crystal ball talking head introduced another Kingman 2002 development off 93 toward Las Vegas.
Outside town at the Beale Springs historical site was a 1800s village.
It was a joint venture of the Hualapai Indian Nation and Kingman investors.
It included a historically correct Indian Village and an encampment of Lt.
Several of his camels were in a corral.
I heard him say camel races were held each afternoon.
The cavalry and Indians held daily mock battles with the Butler Casino taking bets.
No one ever knew who would win the day's battle! Mobs of tourists from the Far East and Europe watched from the balconies of the hotel complex.
Large conventions booked the facility three years in advance.
Kingman has a terrific 2002 ahead with many pleasant surprises that will make it a worldwide attraction as predicted in the large crystal ball that stopped outside my window.
Warning! When you finish reading this, the paper will self-destruct just as I have seen on every episode of Mission Impossible.
That way, you will not have a copy to check out the accuracy of my crystal ball come New year's Eve 2003!
Nothing is impossible in Kingman with the right vision and imagination and the "can do" attitude that makes dreams become reality.
May all your dreams for the future be accomplished in 2002.
Happy New Year!
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