Here’s a couple of pics of the upper foot bridge that spanned the canyon prior to the completion of the real bridge. I apologize that they are so blurry. These are stills that I pulled from a video that I have of my parents and a couple of their friends walking across this bad boy. It was originally shot in 8mm, transferred to VHS and then to a DVD. It’s a real short video but I hope to get it posted here before long. This foot bridge was pre-1960 and in place until some time after Glen Canyon Bridge was completed.
There was (and is) a story floating around that someone drove a VW Beetle over this bridge. If you’re reading this and you can confirm or deny that story, please do. Does anyone remember this foot bridge? I wish I could find more pictures of it. I you have any that you would like to see here, contact me.
I hope to get the video in the right format to post soon. Thanks for your interest in my site.
These two pictures show the approximate location of the two climbers (the spot marked XX). The spot marked with the B is the beehive rock formation located by the present day visitor’s center. This is the present site of Glen Canyon Dam and bridge. Both of these photos were imbedded in a Word document that someone (Brian Keisling?) sent to me a number of years ago and the document was ascribed to Greg Woodard. I don’t know who took the actual photos. These are dated 1955.
The picture below provides a good look at the river at the future site of Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge. The spot marked XX is the approximate location of the two climbers in my previous post. This shot also provides a good look at the beehive mountain (I hesitate calling it a mountain, but I can’t think of a better word). You can see the beehive cave plainly visible on the left of the picture. I probably climbed up to that cave dozens of times growing up there.
These guys were gutsy! They’re getting ready to scale the canyon wall at the site of Glen Canyon Dam before there was a dam. They’re standing near the location of the present day Visitor’s Center. The “MM” in the background is a reference to Manson Mesa, the cite of the future town of Page. I like that one guy is wearing a straw hat. I’m guessing the guy in the hard hat did most of the climbing, if not all of it. This photo was dated 1955 and was part of a Word document someone sent me several years ago.
This is one of my favorite pictures. It’s not dated but I think it’s 1956-57. This view shows the original dirt airstrip that cuts through what is now part of North Navajo drive, First Avenue, Date Street, Elm Street, etc. You can see a couple of airplanes parked at the end of the runway. The Butler Buildings weren’t there yet (they were the early school buildings located on the curve of Navajo drive near the bottom of this picture). Construction was starting for the transit homes along South Navajo Drive and the MCS trailer court in the distance. This is an amazing picture.
I thought it was a good idea to give my first post this title. For many years there was a small wooden sign near the north exit to Page on US 89 that read “Add a Page to Your Trip”. It was eventually replaced by the one below but I think today, neither is there. That wooden sign was the inspiration behind the name of this blog site.
The earliest pictures I have of Page back to about 1955. I don’t have that many, but I’m hoping the number will grow as more people find this site. I’m always looking for more pictures. If you have some that you can send me, please contact me using the Contact Me tab above. If they are actual photographs (not digital) I will pay postage both ways, scan them, and get them right back to you. I’ll give you full credit for any pictures you send to me.