The Saga of Salton City

Who wouldn’t want an affordable sea-side home in glamorous California?  Those who rushed to buy a lot in Salton City during the late 1950’s certainly thought it was a solid investment.  Sadly, they were wrong. (My Christmas Valley story said that Penn Phillips moved his operation to Oregon after his California business license was suspended  … [Read more...]

Foreclosure Rescue Scams

The possibility of losing your home is terrifying.   Scam artists prey on the hopes and fears of desperate owners by claiming they can save your home.  These criminals want to trick you into giving them your money and your home.  They will then disappear, leaving you worse than they found you.  The Federal Trade Commission publishes a "Facts for Consumers" sheet describing the danger signs that you are dealing with a scammer.  Red Flags.   If you’re looking for foreclosure prevention help, avoid any business that: guarantees to stop the foreclosure process – no matter what your … [Read more...]

The Story of Christmas Valley

Christmas Valley is an unincorporated area in Lake County, Oregon.  It has a population of 749 and was named after nearby Christmas Lake.  The town didn't exist until 1961 when the M. Penn Phillips Development Company bought 90,000 acres there.  Penn Phillips was a veteran developer who specialized in creating new communities on desert terrain.  In a 1959 Time magazine article, Phillips claimed … [Read more...]

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