This is one of the clearest photos of the footbridge I’ve seen. This footbridge was just upstream from the dam. This is looking toward the Page side of the canyon. Click image to zoom in. You’ll see people coming toward you at the other end of the bridge, and the small parking area on that side of the canyon. There was also a small parking lot behind the photographer. You can see remnants of that parking lot on Google Earth. That area is closed to public access now.
This looks like US 89 south of Page before it was paved. The sign closest to the camera reads,
“Salesmen, Solicitors, peddlers. You must have a permit before canvassing residents of Page Ariz. See USBR Ranger on duty.”
I can’t read the other sign. Click to enlarge and check out the detail.
This morning I had the opportunity to watch the implosion of the stacks at Navajo Generating Station (NGS). The plant shut down in November of 2019 and due to COVID restrictions, decommissioning has been slow. I know this power plant has no direct bearing on the construction of Glen Canyon Dam, but it has everything to do with the population of Page in terms of jobs and income. I started my career with Salt River Project at NGS in 1976 during the startup of unit 3, so I was excited to witness this event and record it for posterity’s sake. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. Having watched NGS being build, it was surreal to see it coming down. I hope you enjoy this video.
I have a couple really cool aerial shots to share with you in this video, along with a “Then and Now” comparison.
The detail on some of these early aerial photos of Page and Glen Canyon Dam are amazing. In this one, I give you an aerial tour of the town of Page as it appeared in the early 1960s.
With the social distancing that we’re doing, I thought I would take advantage of the down time and make a few videos for Mike’s Dam Photo Journal. The concrete batch plant at the Glen Canyon Dam was something I always wanted to go inside of, but never had an opportunity. Here’s a few narrated images of it for your visual enjoyment.
Here’s a short tribute I put together for the early pioneers of Page Arizona.
This late 50s/early 60s photo captures a view up 5th Avenue from the Elm Street intersection. The new Page Schools buildings are probably under construction at the top of 5th Avenue. The line of houses at the top of the photo are along Date Street. To the immediate left in this picture would be the original Mountain Bell building. Click to enlarge.
Based on the horizon terrain, this late 50s or early 60s photo may be a look down Gum Street from the 4th Avenue intersection. Best guess. The two houses on the left with their carports next to each other, matches what I see on Google Earth for Gum Street near 4th Avenue. Thoughts? Click on the image to enlarge.