The season has come to a close and as you read this letter we are greeting our guests from across the country for our final ride of the year with Gordon and Rella Christenson. Rella is so excited to show off her Can Am with a twelve inch pink stripe down the center and a big pink bow behind the seat. Rella, you are unique and special in so many ways. Thank you for all you give to Learning Curves and to the world of dentistry.
Thanks to the wonderful, supportive and gifted clinicians. Our rides this year have been filled to near capacity every month. The blessing to the Hammond family of being able to meet you, serve you and ride by your side means more than you can know. Even more than that, it helps our work with our Smiles for Hope Foundation to continue to expand and move forward.
Roy and Glenda and the Hammond Family
Timpanogos-Harley Davidson: A brief history
The home that Glenda and I enjoy at Sundance Resort is on the back side of Mount Timpanogos. Our home is at about 6,500 feet elevation. That is about half way to the top of the 12,000 foot mountain.
Timpanogos-Harley Davidson derives its name from the mountain. When Willie G. Davidson visited the dealership soon after its opening, he exclaimed, “This is the most significant Harley-Davidson dealership in the world, there is nothing to compare it by.” Many of you have enjoyed shopping and wandering through the dealership and may have wondered about the origination of this structure. As I come and go from the dealership on a regular basis, I am always reminded of many memories out of my past growing up in this valley situated at the foot of Mount Timpanogos.
Even though the building looks very old, it was actually constructed during the years of 2007-2008. The creative mind behind the construction was Dave Timisto who is a close friend of my son Chris and the son of my high school classmate and close friend, Dennis Timisto.
I hope you might enjoy a few thoughts of this history that is so much a part of this very unique dealership. In 2005, demolition began on Geneva Steel Company which was situated right across the street. The steel mill was constructed between 1942 and 1944 and was designed to provide steel to the west coast for the war effort and be far enough away from the coast to be out of air attack range from the west coast. Geneva Steel was the main source of income of our valley throughout my childhood and high school years. The mill struggled in later years as did many in the US due to low demand fueled by “dumping of cheap foreign steel imports. The mill declared bankruptcy in 1999 and again in 2002 when it finally closed.
Dave Timisto began to collect remains of the steel mill to add to many other historical parts of our valley to fulfill his vision and dream of a destination Harley-Davidson Dealership. It was with his vision and guidance that all of this “reclaimed junk” was pieced together to create this unique structure. He also created the menu and idea of Marley’s which serves breakfast and lunch in the west corner of the dealership.
I could go on and on about the many detailed bits of history found in the building. There are even lights from an old bicycle factory in Milwaukee the age old home of Harley-Davidson. I won’t go on any further, but I will leave you with my favorite. This is the restored “Joe’s Spic and Span” neon sign. Joe’s Spic and Span was located behind the old Provo Pharmacy on 100 West and Center Street in Provo. That was the cool place to hang out after school for a coke, or if you had enough change, to go there for lunch rather than endure the crowd at the school lunch room.
Well, even though you will never have the dedicated respect for this museum of local history that I do, I hope this bit of information will bring you a greater appreciation for our little part of the Harley-Davidson Company and culture right here at the base of Mount Timpanogos.
Your chance to get in on this one has almost run out. January is high season on the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. We soon need to have our final hotel room count and all bikes reserved and deposits in place. I have been there and done this and I can’t wait to be there again to partake of this unique and wonderful part of the world on two wheels. I am most grateful for our hosts Graham and Donna Beker who without question keep us safe and know there way around their home land. Just do it!!!!!
A Closing Thought
There are two types of people in the world – people who ride motorcycles and people who wish they could ride motorcycles.