Prior to the construction of the Dam, the site for the construction camp was part of the Navajo Reservation in northern Arizona. A land swap was made between the Bureau of Reclamation and the Navajo Tribe. The Tribe received 25 square miles of land near Aneth, Utah in exchange for approximately 17 square miles at the Glen Canyon Dam site and the current site of Page, Arizona.
The construction of the Dam, roads, and the town of Page created a tremendous change in the lives of local residents. People came to the area from all over and brought their comforts and diversions with them. Sports, theater, different cuisines, and other outside influences helped lend a sense of diversity to the young town, adding to Page’s uniqueness and livability.
Eula Koury - Mr. Manson's Prediction
Elijah Blair - Land Exchange Dilemma
Carol Manson - Pre-Page Living "Airplanes and Billy Goats"
June Patterson - Trading Post Changes
Tommy Tsosie - From Livestock to Wage-Earning Economy
Flora Jones - Navajos Paying with Cattle
Jack Reinhold - Few Navajos in LeChee Area
Elmer Urban - Changes
Desbah Tsinigine - Dams and Springs
Jo Ellen Bingham - Amazing Changes
Elizabeth Mayes - PTA, Navajo Participation
Harvey Gardner - Church, Welders
Mack and Wanda Ward - Wagons, School Bus, Roads