from $11,500 per acre), $25,000 earnest mon-
ey, a $25,000 option payment that allowed me
to back out anytime in the next sixty days, a
$25,000 option payment if I chose to extend
the close date by 45 days (just in case I ran
into trouble finding a bank who thinks like I
think) and, best of all, I agreed to get my own
financing, letting the Zschiesche tribe off the
hook for bankrolling the sale. We haggled
some and arrived at a sale price of approxi-
mately $5.9 million ($15,835 per acre, if you
were wondering) and we agreed to close the
sale on July 25, 2008, which we did.
we had selected to build the runway, hauled
out to the site a dozen trucks, massive yel-
low graders and skip loaders and some kind
of giant scraper with "CAT 621G" painted on
the cab. Men in hard hats wheeled the equip-
ment slowly off the trailers and lined up the
graders between the tall stakes the surveying
team had pounded into the ground.
Photo courtesy of David Hannah III.