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life on the rim

Page History in Spoken Stories

Rising from the swirling dust of Manson Mesa, the city of Page, Arizona, is a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. In the 1950's, these new residents came by trailer full for construction of the Glen Canyon Dam and laid down roots in an arid landscape. Generations later, the people of Page sit on a hilltop oasis. Their young town surrounded by millions of years of exposed ancient history serving as a gateway to a still wild west.

Experience the vibrant history of Page through its residents in this new digital exhibit from the John Wesley Powell Museum. Stories and memory combine to weave a personal narrative unlike any you've heard before. From dam construction and the development of Page, to life before the first surveyors came with dreams of a giant reservoir. Tune in below, no need to set your radio dial.


Colorado River History

Learn about the life of Major John Wesley Powell and his expeditions down the Colorado River in 1869 and 1871. Also on display are chronicles of more recent Colorado River history, adventures, and tourism.


Construction of Glen Canyon Dam & History of Page, AZ

View photographs of Page’s beginning in the late 1950s and early 1960s and listen to the voices of early residents. From the humble beginnings of a dam-construction site, a town was born. It continues to grow into a thriving multicultural base for visitors and local residents.

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Cultural History

See art and artifacts from the time of the Ancestral Puebloans and Hisatsinom through modern-day Native American cultures of the Colorado Plateau. Try your hand at grinding corn with the prehistoric metate (base) and mano (hand-held) stones.


Geology & Paleontology

Geology and paleontology. Delight in the wonder of the ancient time of dinosaurs in our paleontology and geology displays. Examine specimens that were excavated near Page in the Grand Staircase ~ Escalante National Monument for a 90-million-year-old step back in time!