The 18" cast iron bell which hangs forty feet above the clubhouse at Las Brisas Hills brings a bit of Southwest history to the community. Brought from Oklahoma by Dondi founder, Don Dixon, the bell is thought to have come from an abandoned Baptist Mission in the 160-year old Choctaw Indian Nation in the Kiamichi Mountains near Snow, Oklahoma.
Legend has it that those who touched the bell and then rang it three times would have good luck for three years. Superstition aside, the church bell has become a symbol of our country's move westward.
According to Dr. J.M. Gaskin, official historian for the Oklahoma Baptist Convention, these missions developed along rivers where game was plentiful and served a dual purpose of church and school.
The majesty of the bell caught Don Dixon's eye and he directed its full restoration. The newly-restored bell, in its new resting place overlooking the woods and lakes of the Las Brisas Hills, can be rung from inside the complex to serve as a symbol for the new community. For the good luck of all who live at Las Brisas Hills, it will be rung at very special times of the year.