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.
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:
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.
This morning I had the opportunity to watch the implosion of the stacks at Navajo Generating Station (NGS). The plant shut down in November of 2019 and due to COVID restrictions, decommissioning has been slow. I know this power plant has no direct bearing on the construction of Glen Canyon Dam, but it has everything to do with the population of Page in terms of jobs and income. I started my career with Salt River Project at NGS in 1976 during the startup of unit 3, so I was excited to witness this event and record it for posterity’s sake. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. Having watched NGS being build, it was surreal to see it coming down. I hope you enjoy this video.
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.