Until last week, it must have been pretty cool to be Chris A. Henry, a family trust recipient and the owner of hip restaurants in wealthy coastal cities, oil wells in Kern County and the Summerset Village Apartments in Fresno.
The inspiration came on Don and Faith Klein’s 30th anniversary in 1988. They would locate a 1956 Chevy Bel Air two-door hardtop and restore it to showroom condition, It would be two-tone – turquoise and white – and sport white widewall tires.
The orchards have been pulled out and the earth has been made smooth near Avenue 12 and Highway 41 in Madera County. A canal has been built that will carry water through drought-parched land to a 2,000-acre master-planned community that boasts a new name, Riverstone.