More Upper Footbridge Mania

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Here’s proof:

The Upper Footbridge
This shot of the footbridge was buried in a PowerPoint presentation that was sent to me a few years ago. It’s undated. Click on it to enlarge.

 

The photo above was taken from the west side of the canyon. Behind the photographer was a circular parking lot built around a small sandstone hill. The next photo shows the parking lot and the photo below it is an image I took today using Google Earth that shows the remnants of the circular parking area as it appears today. This temporary foot bridge spanned Glen Canyon and was located just upstream of Glen Canyon Dam.

 

Here’s a view of the parking area on the west side of the upper footbridge.

 

Here’s the image I captured this morning on Google Earth showing how the parking area appears today.

 

From Google Earth. The horseshoe shaped parking area is wrapped around the sandstone hill on the left side of the canyon. The spillways are visible at the bottom of the photo.

 

I’ve written other posts about the upper footbridge. To see them all, type “footbridge” in the search box at the top of the page.

Enjoy!

-Mike

Movies, Movies, Movies

The area around Page has always been a prime location for movies and TV shows. The rugged and unusual terrain in the area makes it a unique spot for movie making. Here are a few of the movies/TV episodes I remember being filmed near Page:

  1. Route 66 Season 1, Episode 9, Layout at Glen Canyon (1960)
  2. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
  3. Planet of the Apes (1968)
  4. Easy Rider (1969)
  5. The Outlaw Jose Wales (1976)
  6. Greatest Heroes of the Bible (1978) – A made for TV mini-series. I was an extra in one of these episodes and will be signing autographs later.
  7. Superman III (1983)
  8. Maverick (1994) – There’s a scene in this movie with houseboats visible in the background. Ooops!
  9. Broken Arrow (1996)
  10. Planet of the Apes (2001)
  11. Gravity (2013)

There were more, but you get the idea. Here are some pictures I wanted to share with you from the first Planet of the Apes movie from 1968. I don’t remember where I got these.

This shot looks like it was taken at Horseshoe Bend. Horseshoe Bend is just off highway US 89 just south of Page.

 

Those cool waters of Lake Powell were always so refreshing on hot days.

 

Boating and fishing in these side canyons was always a treat. But as we all know, these guys are heading toward disaster.

Enjoy!

-Mike

It’s a Dam Site

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Glen Canyon Dam Construction, 1962 or 63. Source unknown.

There’s a lot of good detail in this photo.It’s a good look at both spillways and the temporary coffer dam at the bottom of the picture. The concrete batch plant is visible on the canyon edge to the right. Water is visible exiting the right diversion tunnel, but not the left. The left diversion tunnel inlet was about 33 feet higher than the right tunnel inlet and was intended to be used only during high river flows. The parking lot for the lookout point is visible on the left, just above the bridge. The rectangular building along the highway on the left side of the bridge was the original visitor’s center. It was later moved into town and became the LARC center. I don’t remember what that acronym means. The rail-mounted cranes are visible on either side of the canyon. There was a 25-ton and a 50-ton crane on each side. In addition to transporting buckets of concrete to the dam, these cranes were used to transport people and equipment in and out of the dam site. Near the bottom right corner of the picture, you can see the tower structure holding the footbridge, and the footbridge is visible too. The dark area by that tower, that curves around the sandstone knoll, was the road/parking lot for the footbridge. You can still see the remnants of that road on Google Earth. Go take a look.

As a bonus, here’s a penciled version of this same picture that I had done because I think it looks cool…

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Enjoy!

Mike

1960s Aerial View of Page Arizona

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Source: Terry Edwards. Date and photographer unknown

Here’s a 1960-ish shot of Page and the surrounding area from the seat of a plane. If you click on it, it will open it up in a new tab and enable you to zoom in closer. All of my pictures work that way. You’re welcome. 🙂  Enlarge it and let’s talk about some of the detail.

Starting on the bottom left, you’ll see the original radio station (KPGE) just off the old Coppermine road. I don’t remember what the building between it and the water treatment plant was. If you do, please leave a comment and let me know. I posted pictures of the water treatment plant already in a post I called Got Water? You can check it out >HERE<. Next to the water treatment plant is the go-cart track and the Little League baseball field. If you look at that area on Google Earth, you can still see remnants of the go-cart track. That’s actually the second location of the baseball field. The first one was behind Keisling’s gas station and The Bottle Stop (now Stix Market). The outline of it is still visible in this picture. You can see that original field better >HERE<.

Moving up from the water treatment plant, you’ll notice that Chapman’s trailer park isn’t there yet. Several church buildings are dotting the landscape along church row (7th Avenue – now Lake Powell BLVD). The long buildings on the inside loop of church row were the teacher’s apartments. They may have been under Continue reading “1960s Aerial View of Page Arizona”

A Bridge Under Construction

Source: The LeGate Family, 1961
Source: The LeGate Family, 1961

This is a great shot of the bridge. I was looking closely at the detail in it (the resolution on some of these early black & white photos is amazing) and noticed quite a few things. Click on the picture to open it up and then zoom in. Here’s what I noticed:

First, it looks like it was taken from the old visitor lookout on the Page side of the canyon. Do you remember that spot? It’s still there but blocked off. It provided a great view of the dam and bridge from just downstream of it. There was a parking lot and a short trail down to the lookout. You can still see it on Google Earth. Back to the picture. This is looking upstream. Notice that on top of the bridge, construction is still going on while visitors are allowed to be there. I don’t think anyone would get away with that today. You can see the footbridge in the background. This also provides a good shot of the dirt coffer dam that was built to divert water (via the diversion tunnels) around the dam site during that early construction. Notice too, the first few levels of the dam that have been poured. The penstocks are visible, angling out of the top of each level. Look how small the people are standing on the dam. Notice too, the wooden walkways and stairs between each section. Those were constantly being moved as the dam went up. I remember standing on the bridge so many times, watching these same things going on below.

Did you notice the ladders at the top of the bridge? Do you see the cables tied to the handrails by the ladders? Follow them down to the horizontal cross brace and you’ll see two workers (one on each end of the brace) working to secure the cross brace to the main structure. You can see the cable from the crane on top between the two workers at the top. It looks like the crane is holding that cross brace in place while it’s being attached. You’ll notice the cross braces on the other side of the bridge are already in place, but the one to the left of the one they’re installing is yet to be added.

Enjoy!

-Mike

More School Stuff

This post is a hodgepodge of some Page school pics that have floated my way. This are in no particular order. I have fond memories of this first one because I spent many cold nights up there watching football games. Do you remember this? It was at the end of the football field near the teacher’s apartments. The important thing is, we were winning. I give you….(drum roll)…. the football scoreboard!

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This pic is from 1968. I think I got this from one of my yearbooks. A special prize goes to the person who can identify the scorekeepers.

This next one is from the 1971-72 school year and it shows the old high school gym (C-Building) in the background and the excavation underway for the new High School.

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Source: Unknown. New High School construction, 1971-72 school year.

These next two are more pics of the new High School construction. This is looking toward Chapman’s Trailer Park with LeChee in the Continue reading “More School Stuff”

Photo Gallery

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Operation Glen Canyon

This is a pretty cool  28 minute video documentary on the first four years of construction of Glen Canyon Bridge and Dam. Thank you Donna for posting this link on our Facebook page! Enjoy!

Early Page Businesses

In this post I want to share with you my remaining pictures of the first Page business district. I am indebted to Petey Lloyd Dietz, Ernie Severino Jr., and Terry Edwards for these pics. As a reminder, these businesses were located close to each other with the small shack businesses in a row along North Navajo Drive, and the building with the bank and Babbitt’s located just behind The Bottle Stop (now Stix Market). You can see exactly where they were in [this post]. Check these out…

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Source: Terry Edwards Undated

The Men’s Store was going out of business when the above picture was taken. I’m not sure of the date.  The picture below shows Grant Jones with a customer. I don’t know who the customer is or if it was taken inside the Men’s Store.

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Source: Terry Edwards Undated

The photos below show the early businesses from different perspectives.

the business Shacks
Source: Ernie Severino Jr. Undated
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Warner’s Firestone building under construction. Source: Ernie Severino Jr. Undated

Before we get to the early Babbitt’s building and First National Bank, check out this picture of the bank, located in the same are:

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Source: Terry Edwards Undated

That looks pretty safe! As long as nobody drives off with it. I can’t make out who that is standing there. The street sign says B Street. The sign in the window just says The Bank of Arizona Page Office.

As you face these buildings, looking south from North Navajo, Babbitt’s and newer location of the Bank, were just off to the right, behind Continue reading “Early Page Businesses”

Page Jewelers

Hey Peeps, I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last post. I guess I have a life after all. In my last post, way back in March, I promised my next few posts would be of the businesses in those small white buildings along North Navajo Drive. If you need a refresher, go back and read that post and then come back here.

In this post, we’re going to talk about Page Jewelers, one of those businesses. It was owned and run by Ernie Severino and here’s a priceless photo of him and a customer inside the store.

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Page Jewelers Source: Terry Edwards Undated

Look at the detail in this photo! I don’t know who the customer was but if you do, please let me know. Ernie Jr wrote me after I sent this picture to him and said,

That chair is outside my shop, I use it all the time. I also see the machine that he used to clean watch parts, it’s in my shop too. Just can’t give it up!

He gave me permission to share that with you by the way. Thanks Ernie! He also gave me some good info on the layout of these businesses and the trailers there. He told me,

At least that’s what we called them [The Shacks]. Starting at the left was our trailer, then Page Jewelers, and Kerry and Sonia Jones’ trailer, and then the shoe store, and then Bob Jorgenson’s (I’m pretty sure that was his name) trailer, and then his shop. The Men’s Store, and then I really don’t remember if Continue reading “Page Jewelers”