Hey friends, I’ve posted a new episode on my YouTube page. Then and Now is a side-by-side comparison of a few different locations around the Glen Canyon Dam site and Page Arizona from the 1950s and the present day. This is the first of what will be more Then and Now episodes. You can check out the video at:
I’ve been spending a lot of time learning what makes good video and what makes bad video. Since launching my YouTube channel a couple of weeks ago, I think I’ve made some progress in that area. My second episode of Mike’s Dam Photo Journal on YouTube is out. I almost went back and re-recorded it because I found myself a little preoccupied with making sure the recording was working ok, which made me forget to mention a few things I would have otherwise pointed out. But the things I missed on a few of the pictures will get covered later as those same pictures will no doubt get reused along the way. In the meantime, here’s episode 2 of Mike’s Dam Photo Journal.
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Hey friends, I have launched my YouTube channel! Recording, editing, and posting videos is a new experience for me and one that I’m enjoying. I have quite a bit of experience recording, editing, and producing audio but video is a different world altogether.
I posted the movie trailer I made for my YouTube channel in my last post here. Today I want to share my first YouTube episode with you as I take a look back at Page Arizona in the early 1960s. Check it out. Subscribe. Share it.
I have too much time on my hands. I made this short video trailer using some of my pics. It came out pretty dramatic and I found myself suddenly craving popcorn. I posted it on Facebook a few minutes ago and I tried to post it on Instagram (Mike’s Dam Photo Journal) but it’s just over 3 minutes. I guess they have rules over there. Anyway, check it out…
This photo captures a time in Page that I remember well. Click on it to enlarge and zoom in. There are some things worth noting. First, this was taken in 1971 at a time when Bechtel was coming into town to build Navajo Generating Station (NGS). The time between the completion of Glen Canyon Dam in 1964 until movement started on NGS construction in the very late 60s/early 70s, saw the population of Page dwindle considerably. I remember many, if not most, of the USBR houses and MCS apartments sat empty for a number of years from 1964ish to 1970ish.
The photo above shows the abandoned MCS trailer park as it was being re-populated with the coming of Bechtel and its associated trades. Our trailer site is long gone in this picture but the tree that was near our front yard is still there at the top right corner of the picture, behind the airport hanger. This is a good aerial shot of the Empire House, Page Club Restaurant, Sportsman Headquarters, Pink Sans, and a few of the early gas stations. Is that the Teen Canteen still standing near the curve of the old dirt road between the MCS Apartments and the trailer court? I’m not 100% sure, but it could be.
The original business district foundation slab is still visible on the left edge of the photo, near where present-day STIX Market is. That was where the original Babbitt’s, the bank, barber shop, et al, were located. You might remember Redd’s Bottle Stop being to the left of that slab along what was then, 7th Avenue. The concrete slab that was an outdoor movie screen and dance floor is still there in this picture, located behind Keisling’s gas station. If I remember correctly, the white rectangle building set back from 7th Avenue near the left edge of the photo and near the old Babbitt’s slab, was the Dairy Queen. The building in front of it, that’s only partially visible, was DeWitt’s Kentucky Fried Chicken. I was a cook there for a time during High School. Mr. Dewitt was not only one of my teachers, but my boss. Talk about pressure! 🙂
I came across this video showing some good footage of the Glen Canyon Dam construction as well as some great shots of early Page Arizona. Some of the narration gets a little cheesy but the footage is amazing. You may even recognize some of the faces. I was surprised to see Chet Huntley narrating it. After the first minute and half to two minutes in, it picks up and gets good. The total length is only 27 minutes.
I’m glad I was able to scan this photo before there was any more water damage. I’m not sure what this meeting was about, or where it occurred for sure. There was nothing written on the back. Was this inside the USBR warehouse? Are you in this picture? Do you recognize anyone in it? Please leave me a comment if you do.
Thanks Tim McDaniels for supplying this photo showing the service road bridge being placed as construction on Glen Canyon Dam nears completion in 1964. The back of the photo reads:
“Glen Canyon Unit: Girders for the right abutment service road bridge being lowered into place by the two 50-ton high lines.”
The concrete batch plant is still standing on the left side of the picture, but its days are numbered. Click on the photo and zoom in to see the details. These old black & white USBR photos have incredible resolution. Click the photo for a closer view.