MEADVIEW  CIVIC  ASSOCIATION
HISTORY

Meadview is a small rural community originally developed as a retirement community area in Mohave County with Kingman as the County Seat. It is believed to be the only town, not only in the United States but worldwide, that is actually inside a National Park. The Lake Mead National Recreation Area -- which is the largest Joshua Forest in the world -- is your landscape as you drive to this hidden "best kept secret" community. A view of beautiful Lake Mead can be seen from several high points of the area which is situated on a large mesa, therefore it was named MEADVIEW.  

Developers, Frank Glindmeier and Paul Mullane began developing land and creating the town of Meadview under the name Revcor which was actually an engineering firm in the early 1960s, but not much was achieved until the late 1960s. In 1983 the remaining lots were purchased by Meadview Company; the new developers of the sub-division. The town increased its population from approximately 200 residents to about 2000.

Meadview has a fire department, a civic center and a library.  It also has a hardware store, several motels, RV Parks, and restaurants and two churches. Gas n' Grub has all the eats and drinks you could need and plenty of fuel for those wanting to boat the lake. Family Dollar also provides many necessary goods for both locals and out of town folks. The Meadview area enjoys a pleasant year round climate with an elevation ranging from 2,000 - 4,200 feet.  The scenery here is filled with natural wildlife and beauty. Thick swaths of vibrant and green Joshua trees spread across the desert terrain in every direction and the majestic, rugged Grand Wash Cliffs provide a breathtaking backdrop to the whole scene. When the sun settles down for the night in the west, spectacular hues of orange, blue and mauve dance along the walls of the cliffs to the east, providing an amazing display for every eye to enjoy during its brief, don't wanna miss it, show before the sun finally sinks with its last rays of light. Grand Canyon West with the famous Sky Walk is also close by and of course Lake Mead National Recreational Area offers all the fishing, boating and swimming one could desire!The air is clean and the skies are usually clear, except for the occasional monsoon or winter storm that may pass through. At night you can view swarms of bright stars in the sky. It is a great place to own a telescope. The water is pure; pumped from deep underground aquafers.

When in town be sure to stop by and visit with the friendly office staff at the MCA (Meadview Civic Association, a Property Owners Association). If you own a member lot, feel free to come in and enjoy all the many amenities we offer here - the clubhouse with pool tables and lounge area, a miniature golf course, outdoor swimming pool (seasonal), tennis courts, basketball courts, air hockey, ping pong, and the list goes on. Do a little shopping at the Chamber of Commerce Gift Gallery with many choices of handcrafted items made by local artisans.  The town is growing and will continue to do so, with new businesses coming in and more people finding this special jewel in the desert, a Northwest Arizona secret hideaway.

The MCA found its origin in August of 1970, when the owners of the Meadview subdivision determined that to preserve the friendly small town attraction of Meadview, a central meeting & recreation facility was needed.  They set up the MCA with membership to property owners.  A number of Meadview families agreed and the Articles of Incorporation were created and accepted by the State of Arizona.  With an $80,000 loan to build the facility, the lounge, kitchen and pool were started in January of 1971 and completed in July that same year.

We're happy to assist you with any questions that you might have about this wonderful place we call home. Again, please feel welcome to call us at 
928-564-2313 or stop by the office located on 247 E Meadview Blvd, Meadview, AZ 86444 and say "hi!"

Meadview is an unincorporated community.
Meadview coordinates: Latitude: 6.002N. Longitude: 114.067W.
The community is in the Mountain Standard Time Zone.
The zip/postal code is 86444.

Opal Fry was born on December 2, 1913. When she was a young lady, Opal, was a Harvey Girl. They were thoroughly trained in giving perfect service at the Harvey Restaurants, which were usually located at railroads stops. Their uniforms were crisp white linen with puffed sleeves and they were required to be unmarried.

Her first time to enter her jam & jellies was in the early 1960s in Ventura, California. She sent 12 jars of assorted jellies and won five ribbons. This was a challenge that made her feel proud.

​Every summer from 1982-1994, Opal and her husband, Bob, were Campground Hosts at Paradise National Park Campground on the McKenzie River in Oregon.

Opal won First Prize in 1993 for Fruits/Food Preservation awarded by Ball Company.Then, in 1994 she won Second Prize awarded by Ball Home Canning Products. She was especially proud of her awards from Ball Company. During the same time period she won $77 at the Mohave County Fair. She won four first prize, a single second and three third prize ribbons as well as an Honorable Mention ribbon at the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix.

The Mohave County College Extention Office invited her to give a program on 'Jam & Jelly Making'. Lynn Durrant, the Extention Educator, introduced her on the radio to give 
HISTORY OF A RIBBON WINNER AT MOHAVE COUNTY FAIR
helpful tips to others. She, also, gave demonstrations for the women of the Meadview Quail. Opal was and active member all the years she lived here. When asked about her efforts at entering the fair, she answered, "Over the years I have won many first palce blue, second place red and third place white ribbons. I love making jam and jelly. My favorite pectin is Sure Jell. I have an old recipe for Red Corncob jelly. It is enjoyed by many. I think entering the fair has been my main joy in life!"​

Later, when she moved to a new home in Meadview, Arizona, she began entering the Mohave County Fair in Kingman, Arizona. Each year until 1996, she entered 48 jars of jams and jellies, except the year in which she had a heart by-pass. That year she only submitted 36 jars. 1996 was a Banner Year for Opal. She was suprised to see a huge sign hanging in the room at the Mohave County Fair, where her jams and jellies were displayed. The sign congratulated her for entering the fair for all those years. Over those busy years she won a variety of blue, red and white ribbons. It so happened that this was her final year to enter.

She passed away not long after that. For the December Quail meeting she brought us cookies for the cookie-walk, only a few days before leaving us. She will long be remembered.

                                                                              BY LUCILLE SUNDE