PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS5) - The largest community in far-northern Arizona, the city of Page is inextricably linked to Glen Canyon Dam.

Nestled at the center of the map just below the Utah state line, the city of Page got it's start when work began on damming up the Colorado River at Glen Canyon in 1957.

The planned community began as a camp for the construction workers, and their families, who would build the dam.

Glen Canyon Dam

Glen Canyon Dam was completed in 1963. It took 17 years for Lake Powell to fill to capacity. 

In 1958, some 24 square miles of Navajo land were exchanged for a tract of land in Utah. The camp site located on Manson Mesa, above the Colorado River, was called Government Camp. Soon afterward, the name was changed to Page. 

The city is named after John C. Page, the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation from 1936-1943. He died in 1955, about two years before the town bearing his name was even started.

When Glen Canyon Dam was completed in 1963, folks who lived there building the dam stayed and began to build a community. In March, 1975, the city of Page was incorporated.  

Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. 

Page is the gateway to nearby Lake Powell, the second largest man made lake in the country, is known for water sports in scenic canyon country.

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona.

The Navajo Nation, Four Corners Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area are all within a short drive. Two local spots, Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, are among the most photographed locations in the Southwest.

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