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[Page, Arizona, August 2010]

Just a block off the main drag that runs through Page, Arizona (pop. 7,000) is a “new” tourist destination: “The Little Street of Motels.” I say it is “new” because, until recently, there was no sign to point the way. Now, there is.

The “Little Street of Motels” is one block long and it features about ten small, quaint “motels,” all of them picturesque.

On the wall of one of them (lower right), I noticed that “Private Rooms” were available.

Private rooms? In a motel?

What is the world coming to?

* * * * * * * * * *

There is probably some history here.

During a previous membership at JPG, I uploaded a series of photos and essays on the scarcity of water in the American Southwest (“The Fight for Water”). The story began with the Colorado River Compact (1922), continued with Hoover Dam (1933), and finished with Glen Canyon Dam (1966).

Glen Canyon Dam, 800 miles upstream from the more famous Hoover Dam, addressed the concerns of Arizona, California, and Nevada, that they were not getting their fair share of the Colorado River’s water.

Construction on the Glen Canyon Dam began in 1957. The project was made more difficult because there was no nearby town to support the thousands of workers that would be needed.

Page, Arizona was the answer. Not unlike other towns suddenly made necessary by gold and silver strikes, oil drilling, railroad expansion, and mountain carvings, Page, Arizona was created for one purpose: To support Glen Canyon Dam. Were the Dam to be dismantled, as many have suggested, Page would vanish.

As for the little motels, my best guess is that they were built as temporary boarding houses for construction workers. Once the workers left, they were most likely converted to motels for a few years, that is, until the hotel chains put them out of business. Now, they seem to be apartments. The “no vacancy” signs are there for show. The “motels” are reminders of a not-too-distant past.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

55 responses

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (23 Jan 2011):


  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    Very interesting, Dick. I think you're right about the private rooms. Another great collage.

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    Wow, great shots... and love the narrative (aka-history). Bet that was something to see!!! Lovely work, cuz!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    And the tychtastic series continues...

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (23 Jan 2011):

    Great shots Dick and as usual worth reading.....Peggy

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    A great collection --the Lu Lu's sign is fabulous. I'm ashamed to say, with the way my mind works, I read Debbie's Hide a Way as Ride a Way, which frankly is much funnier. ;)


    JOE FAILK gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    Interesting Story!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    As always, great photographs and history lesson, i enjoy these lessons as much, perhaps more than the images themselves..What a treat..

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    This is such a great posting!! I have actually been to Page. I think we stayed at a modern Best Western, but saw places like this. The worst restaurant food we ever ate was in Page (but the service was excellent).

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    Fantastic history lesson and shots Dick! Speaking of private rooms, does the Best Western in Nashville have them? :~)

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    I love this collage, the images are wonderful... and Lu Lu's Sleep Ezze would be pretty inviting to a weary traveller. As always, you have made history interesting and very enjoyable!! Thanks for sharing..

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    On a road trip to Vancouver Island a few years back,,these motels are what we would see all along the Trans Canada, a subsequent road trip to Vancouver Island showed these motels scarce, only to be replaced by Inns, etc..What a great image and very interesting narration as always

  • jen bellefleur

    jen bellefleur gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    i am so determined to do a whole book of abandoned motels!!!!!!!! i love this shot!

  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    Thanks for the history lesson Richard. I think Lu Lu's sounds interesting...lol.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    I like what looks like a cartoon face with a sailor hat on top of the motel office building, second picture..Also looks like you got a reflection of someone standing in the doorway:) Great history lesson and collage.

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    As always....cramed full of history.......always love your narrative..... what a cool find...Page, AZ :~)

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    That is my kind of street.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    Who would bother them anyway? Great info---Who needs Wikipedia, when we have you!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    Very nice composite of little motels.... great road trip finds!

  • Jim Ford

    Jim Ford (Deleted) gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    I can really appreciate the warmth of these places....I'm ready to check in any old time....Nice Richard.

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    It requires imagination to find beauty in the mundane.

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    great collage

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    As usual you have succeeded in wowing us with your amazing collage of places we would also love to go, or sometimes places we may have been. In that case, you have stirred old memories from our pasts! What a magnificant way to reminiesce and enjoy the past once again. Your narratives are always superb and full of interesting details regarding the history of the scene. Thank you so much for all you share and give to us, Richard....it is truly a gift from you to us, your fellow JPGers!!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    Another lulu of a hexaptych, Dick! Is there anything more attractive than pink cinderblock??? Great job on this compilation...for some reason, I'm now feeling sleepy!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    awesome collage and information. As always, thanks!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    Cool photos and narrative Dick!

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    Great collage! I really like the colors and framing of each image. And I think a buddy of mine mentioned something about Debbies Hide-A-Way once apon a time. R

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    i love quaint!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (25 Jan 2011):

    Very nice find, cool colage.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (25 Jan 2011):

    Another wonderful collage and history lesson. Thanks, Dick.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (25 Jan 2011):

    Fantastic compositon!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (25 Jan 2011):

    I need a tune Richard........fantastic collage of gone again days....gosh it conjured up all sorts of 'interesting' images in my head while I was reading your narrative. Glad Debbie and Lulu have found a haven! May they forever sleep eazzy! What a find! You clever spotter!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (26 Jan 2011):

    I like the pink one. LOL What a trip. I also like your use of that old expression...the main drag. LOL

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (26 Jan 2011):

    Another great collage and history lesson!! Terrific images!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (26 Jan 2011):

    A great collage, Dick! I love the history lesson as well.

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (27 Jan 2011):

    Truly frightening; and well done.

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne gave props (27 Jan 2011):

    Interesting tour, as always!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (27 Jan 2011):

    always interesting tidbits of info and in this case, seems to be tidbits of hotel rooms too...

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (27 Jan 2011):

    You educate us well dear Dick!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (27 Jan 2011):

    Ah if rooms could talk in those vintage Motels huh :) Love these capture's Richard :)

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever said (28 Jan 2011):

    Richard, thanks for the history lesson - my favorite subjects - photography and history. Also, I my favorite kitty is named LuLu.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (28 Jan 2011):

    Interesting and you did great with Show & Tell :-)

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (29 Jan 2011):

    I must google the "street of the little motels"

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (30 Jan 2011):

    Excellent collage. Love it

  • dana io

    dana io gave props (30 Jan 2011):

    So charming! And great story, as always.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (30 Jan 2011):

    great collage!!!!!! and the history lesson is fantastic.... How , Master Richard do you keep all this stored away in your head???? I feel like such a dumb dumb....

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (31 Jan 2011):

    Hey, you found my hide a way!

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (31 Jan 2011):

    a cool collage!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (1 Feb 2011):

    Great !!!!! Great collage!!!!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (4 Feb 2011):

    A wonderful collage and history lesson, indeed...

  • Camera Junkie

    Camera Junkie gave props (6 Feb 2011):

    Bravo, Dick; a beautiful montage and illuminating commentary - you would be an awesome teacher!

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (13 Feb 2011):

    Ah, Richard, love all the stuff that you see and how well you present it.

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (19 Feb 2011):

    Your recent travel entries area ll wonderful, the narrative and the photos. Second only to being there in person, and we thank you for the armchair adventures you provide us. Keep them coming!

  • dawn duffield

    dawn duffield gave props (21 Feb 2011):

    Nah...the little motels were built for those of us who are economically challenged, Dick!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (3 Mar 2011):

    LOL Dick. Great collage, I think the private room maybe for the likes of Charlie Sheen - :)

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