"Newest Town in the US" Top 5 Page for this destination Page by BruceDunning

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Page is New in our history

Page was names after John Page, head of Bureau of Reclamation. That was a result of the US building the Lake Powell dam. It was on Navajo land, but they traded this for some to the Navajo in Utah. The year was 1957. Then it was a work camp for laborers employed to build the dam. Officially incorporated in 1975 as a town, it has thrived swiftly. Today the town is 9,000 residents, with a 24 square mile circumference.

DAm was Idea to Provide Electirc POwer

With a lot of controversy back in the 1950's, the dam was started to be built in 1958. It took seven years to complete; in 1963. The dam wall is 7,000 feet high, and they used 10 million tons of concrete. It took 17 years to fill up the crevice/canyons for back water to provide sufficient power. It produces enough power to serve 3 million homes all the way to California.

Dam created a huge long lake

The Lake Powell is named after John Wesley Powell. He and nine others explored this area coming down the Colorado River in 1869, and gain 1871. It charted the area for the country for the first time. They covered 1,000 miles in coming down Green River which merged into Colorado River. Not much was done around the rough terrain except for some mining and grazing of animals. The region was part of the large Navajo reservation. They still have 16 million acres on the reservation in Utah and New Mexico territory.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Friendly atmosphere by the locals; shopping is here
  • Cons:Beginning to have too much traffic & fast food concept
  • In a nutshell:Page is a place to rest for a day and on to site around here.
  • Last visit to Page: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    These are interesting and informative tips on the "Newest Town in the US" -- but with some of the oldest motels. I never knew there was any such thing as naturally formed Moqui Balls imbedded in the rocks.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    A most interesting group of pages about such a new town and such an old motel room! Thanks for the vicarious experience, but I would be reluctant to stay there. Great information and wonderful visuals.

  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2009 at 6:28 AM

    The rafting looks like fun. The Motel from the 50s is indeed a hoot! Not that I'd want to stay there, though :-)

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2009 at 1:45 AM

    Great new page on the new town of Page. This is one of my favorite little Southwestern locations. Thanks also for the birthday greetings.


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