First Things First

First Buildings
Photo: USBR, date and photographer unknown.
Source: Terry Edwards

It took me a few minutes to figure this one out, but I eventually did. I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, so that explains a lot. This first pic is an early shot of two of the first buildings that went up in Page, if not THE first two.

There weren’t any landmarks in the picture to go by, so it kind of leaves you on your own. Give up? This is the corner of Vista Ave and North Navajo Drive. The larger building is the hospital and the smaller building originally served as the USBR admin building. It’s been a number of other things since then. I talked about it and shared a really nice photo of it with you in a previous post [HERE]. Be sure to click that link if you haven’t already seen it. It’s worth the click! The dirt road between the two buildings is Vista Ave. The nicely graded road to the left is Gum Street. For reference (and because I have awesome moments) the picture below is how that same area looks today. I rotated it to match the angle of the picture above as much as possible, and I circled the same two buildings. The hospital’s grown from it’s original size, so the area I circled is the original footprint of the building.

Page Now
The same two buildings are circled in red.



2 thoughts on “First Things First

  1. THANKS for this site, Mike! (Are you on my mailing list for PHS news?) These first buildings are news to me, but makes sense. I thought the first permanent building in Page was the Telephone building (a small, square bldg.) It was there when I arrived on March 11, 1958. The metal building with Babbitts, P.O., & gas station were also there by then. I thought the first temporary buildings were the barracks & mess hall (but another barracks & mess hall on the other side of the Colorado River had been constructed first) .


    • Hi Donna, you could be right. I’m not sure, which prompted me to say they were two of the first. I think that much is sure. I just think it’s cool to look back at pictures like these and remember what the atmosphere was like in those early years. Like night skies filled with bats. Yikes! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I’m never sure if anyone’s watching. I’m not on your list. What is it?


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