A half-century of vacations - all at Broken Arrow ResortBack in July 1962, Shannon and Erma Hazen of Sterling, Nebraska were coming back from a family vacation up North when they drove through Alexandria.
By: Al Edenloff, Alexandria Echo Press
Back in July 1962, Shannon and Erma Hazen of Sterling, Nebraska were coming back from a family vacation up North when they drove through Alexandria.
Their son wanted to get in some more fishing and when they saw a fisherman along the road casting into Lake Victoria, they pulled over and asked him if there were any places nearby to camp.
The fisherman told them there was a nice spot just down the road, the Broken Arrow Resort.
The Hazens bit, and they’ve been coming back ever since. This summer marked their 50th year of vacationing at Broken Arrow.
They had the chance to know three different owners over the years, including the latest ones, John and Marge Spinner, who have been running the resort for 33 years.
What keeps bringing the Hazens back year after year?
“It’s always a quiet run place. Clean and friendly, too,” said Shannon.
“We feel safe here,” added his wife, Erma.
While in Alexandria, the Hazen family, which now includes three generations, fish a lot and they also do some sightseeing, mini-golfing, take in a ball game, and if it’s on when they are here, go to the Douglas County Fair.
Most times, they spend a whole week here, other times just a few days. The number of family members who are able to make it also varies. One year, everyone in the extended family showed up for a big reunion.
On that first stay back in 1962, they camped. Now they rent one of the resort’s eight cabins. “I think we’ve lived in about every cabin here,” Shannon said.