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Hardships

Early Page residents endured many hardships including scorching heat, blowing sand, harsh weather, and long lines for basic services. Construction of the Dam and Bridge was dangerous work. Twenty-six workers lost their lives over the course of the construction project, and many more were injured.

In the summer of 1959, construction workers went on strike demanding higher wages. The strike lasted six months, causing hardships for workers, families, and business owners. When the labor approved a new contract in December of 1959, ending the strike, people had to work round-the-clock shifts to complete the Dam on schedule.  


  • Dora Knight - Problems with Electricity, Heat, and Supplies

  • Mary Keisling - Raising Six Kids in Trailer, Getting to School

  • Elizabeth Mayes - Blasting Durring School Time

  • Bill Chaplin - One Phone Line

  • Barbara and Robert Young - Standing in Line for Mail

  • Ardin Rayome - Hot in Canyon

  • Harvey Gardner - Heat in Canyon, Welding

  • Dora Wilder - Cold in Tin Buildings, Low Eletricity

  • Sharon Buck - Washhouses, Showers, and Sandstorms

  • Lana Goble Shiflet - Hanging out Clothes

  • Betty Jo Roundtree - Footbridge

  • George Koury - Strike

  • Jesse Allen - Feeding People During the Strike

  • Jack Reinhold - Resilience of Businesses

  • Merill Bunting - Deaths in Dam Construction

  • Percy Marks - Accidents in Dam, Examples

  • Harry Gilleland - Flood and Accident it Caused

  • Elaine Click - Maun Crofts Death

  • Bernice O'Neill - Too Many Going-Away Parties

  • Stan Jones - End of Dam Construction