Early Page, looking at 7th Avenue from the north. Source: Unkown

Here’s an aerial shot of Page giving us a good look at 7th Avenue (now Lake Powell BLVD) and some of the early town construction. It’s undated, but 1960-61 is a good guess. I’ve had this photo for a long time and I don’t remember where I got it for sure (maybe Brian Keisling) and I’ve never known who took it or who marked up the different locations. But those are helpful, so let’s run through them.

LPB is Lake Powell BLVD (7th Ave). HAIR was the barber shop. I’m assuming the barber was Hank. Does anybody remember him? The barber shop eventually moved to the plaza near the theatre. That plaza isn’t built yet in this picture. K is the present location of the Circle K and NAV is North Navajo Drive. The unmarked building on the corner above North Navajo was a Gulf gas station. We used to ride our bikes there and fill up gas cans for my friend’s mini bike and our golf cart. The building marked BS isn’t a reference to a crappy building, but is referring to Redd’s Bottle Stop. It’s now the location of Stix Market. BAB is referring to Babbitt’s. First National Bank was also in that building. I’m putting a picture of that building below to give you a better look. LL was the Little League field.  I’m not sure what the M is referring to, but at one point, I’m pretty sure there was an ice skating rink in that location. It may have been the white building. K is a reference to Keisling’s gas station. You can see that Elm Street hasn’t been built yet on the right side of LPB. E is referring to the old Empire House. The last time I was in Page, that had become something else but I don’t remember now what it is. My first job as a teenager was as a busboy at the Empire House and my mom was one of the cashiers there for years. MCS is referring to the MCS apartments. PS is the Pink Sans. FB is the future site of the football field. It looks like it’s not there yet in this picture. The buildings just below FB must be the Manson Mesa pool.  You’ll notice South Navajo isn’t there yet either, but you can see part of the park to the right if the pool.  I think the dark line below the pool and the park is a fence. When I first saw this picture, I thought it was a road that is no longer there. But looking closer, I don’t see a break in the curb along LPB, so I’m pretty sure it was one of the many fences put up all over the place to stop blowing sand. They didn’t work too good. Looking along church row, you can see a few churches springing up, along with the teacher’s apartments on the opposite side of the road.

The picture below is a closer look at Babbitt’s and First National Bank, located in the building in the above picture behind The Bottle Stop (Stix Market).

First National Bank and Babbitt’s were in this building, located behind Stix Market

-Mike

5 thoughts on “7th Avenue From The Air

  1. I well remember Hank Pfeiffer the barber. When Cheryl was about 4 yrs old, she decided to give her butt-long hair a new look by cutting it off. She started just above the right ear and proceeded to cut to the back of her head. Thinking we might notice (?), she hid the cut-off locks in the milk delivery box. Remember when Hi-land had home delivery? When I finished crying, I took her to the beauty shops but nobody would touch the mess she had made. I finally took her to Hank and he gave her one of the first “pixie cuts” that Page ever saw.

  2. Thanks for putting his last name out there for me. I was trying to remember it, but couldn’t. We had a nickname that wasn’t too flattering. That’s a great story! Yes, I do remember the milk delivery boxes. It’s too bad we can’t find someone who still does that.

    1. Donna, thanks for all your comments. You’re a walking encyclopedia of early Page. The info you’re giving us is awesome. Thanks for taking the time to say these things. I remember the old milk box by the front door and cold milk in a bottle. I didn’t know David Proctor, but I did know the Muellers. Great picture of Hank and his wife in that link!

  3. Craig Chubbuck said about this photo:
    I think this is still 1959 (I think he’s right). The two buildings on LPB directly at N. Navajo intersection on the south side are the Phillips 66 and Hermans Wilshire Station, my first employer (after school) To the left of the FB is Oneil’s Richfield station and the El Paso station. They had a coke machine that Jonnie Fell used to amaze little kids at when he would loosen a coke with a small stick and then “magically” make the machine give him a “free one”.

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