Bringing the Past Into The Present – A Promotional Video for My Upcoming Presentation

I have been invited by the Canyon Club of Page Arizona to speak about my time growing up in Page during the construction of Glen Canyon Dam and the early years of the (then) town of Page. I will be presenting a large number of photos from that time that have come to me over the years and talking about many of the details in each one. In addition, I will be reflecting on my time living in Page from 1960-1985.

If you’ve followed my website, https://mikesdamphotojournal.com – you’re already aware of some of the photos I have shared there. But I have many more that I’ll be talking about as well. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and for those in attendance to share their memories of each photo of that era gone by.

This casual evening is being held at the Page Marriott beginning at 6:00 PM on Friday, July 30th, 2021. There is no charge for admission and an electronic copy of my presentation will be available afterward for attendees who want a copy. This video is a short promotional I put together in advance of that evening.

My 2017 Interview with Arizona Highways

Early 1960s aerial view of Page Arizona

Arizona Highways reached out to me a few years ago for an interview regarding this site and what’s going on here. Back then the address of my site was pageaz.org. I still own that address and all the links to it still work but forward here, to Mike’s Dam Photo Journal. You can read the interview here:

-Enjoy!

The Amazing Glen Canyon Dam Footbridge

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.

Then The Rains Came

Source: The LeGate Family. The back reads, “Main road after a severe rain.”

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.

Late 1950s Aerial Tour of Page Arizona

I have a couple really cool aerial shots to share with you in this video, along with a “Then and Now” comparison.

Early 60s Aerial Tour of Page Arizona

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.

Glen Canyon Dam Concrete Batch Plant

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.

A Tribute Video

Here’s a short tribute I put together for the early pioneers of Page Arizona.

5th Avenue Under Construction

Source: Terry Edwards

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.