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Often on news programs, when there is a need to fill a minute or two during the months of summer, Bullhead City and the Colorado River Valley can be counted on to grab some attention when it is noted that temperatures are in excess of 110 degrees. For folks who live here, we smile and retreat to our air conditioned homes, cars, offices, restaurants, and bars. After all it beats twenty below zero in Duluth.

Air conditioning kept in fine operational condition by the professionals at Airzona Comfort Solutions ensures we can live in this vast desert in relative comfort. And it has transformed the Colorado River Valley into a place now viewed as a great place to live, to raise a family, to retire, and to establish a business.

Urban scholar, Robert Fishman, recently surveyed a number of regional-planning historians. They were asked to list the top transformative advancements of the last half of the 20th century. There was disagreement on interstate highways, the automotive technological advancement, suburbia, and shopping malls. But each agreed that air conditioning altered the direction of American societal evolution.

Here is a point to ponder. In 1950, nearly 106,000 people lived in Phoenix. That was nearly double the population in 1930. Thanks to the magic of air conditioning that made the city livable during the months of summer, just twenty years later he population soared to more than 600,000 people! Today the city is home to more than 1.5 million people.

In 1950, New York City was the largest city in the country. Chicago and Philadelphia ranked second and third. Phoenix was number ninety nine on a list of one hundred of the nations largest cities. Just two decades later Phoenix ranked number twenty. And twenty years after that Phoenix was ranked number ten. That is a testimony to how air conditioning, and one example of how it transformed America.

Another example would be the great migration between the years 1960 and 1980. Towns and cities in the west, southwest and southeast experienced exponential growth. During the same period the historic population centers endured a dramatic decline.

In the 1850s, Fort Mohave was a dreaded military duty station. Air conditioning has transformed it into a destination! Likewise with Wickenburg, Palm Springs and countless other desert communities.

It wasn’t just communities and automobiles that were transformed by the magic of air conditioning. In the Directory of Motor Courts & Cottages published by AAA modern motels attracted customers by offering amenities such as hot and cold running water, tiled showers’, a radio in every room, and the availability of free fans during the months of summer.

In Western Accommodations Directory published by AAA in 1954 the list of amenities offered included television, air conditioning and swimming pools. Motels that couldn’t offer these modern conveniences were at a distinct disadvantage.

Theaters and stores, offices and churches, they were all transformed as air conditioning morphed from luxury to something as accepted as automatic transmissions, refrigerators and cell phones. It is almost impossible to imagine a world without air conditioning. And here in the Colorado River Valley it is had to imagine enjoying an Arizona summer without Airzona Comfort Solutions.

Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America


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