Page in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Crossing of the Fathers
Dominguez y Escalante Expedition 1776-1976
Within sight of this place the Franciscan priests Dominguez and Escalante and their ten companions experienced two of the most difficult challenges among many along the 1,800 miles of their epic journey from the Spanish presidio at Santa Fe, New Mexico to Utah Lake and return.
The first white men to enter what is now "Lake Powell Country" the explorer-priests made an all but impossible ascent of the Paria River gorge via Dominguez Pass, then descended into Wahweap Basin and Padre Canyon where they discovered Ute Ford.
Sick, starving, and desperate, they crossed the Colorado River in Glen Canyon on November 7, 1776. The ford, later known as "The Crossing of the Fathers," is now beneath the waters of Lake Powell in Padre Bay.
This memorial was placed here and dedicated November 7, 1976 by the Arizona Bicentennial Commission.
Erected 1976 by John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum and Arizona Bicentennial Commission.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Dominguez y Escalante Expedition marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6 North Lake Powell Boulevard, Page AZ 86040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saurischia Dinosaur Tracks (a few steps from this marker); Emma Dean (a few steps from this marker); Glen Canyon Dam (approx. 1.8 miles away); Dinosaur Tracks (approx. 1.8 miles away); Bureau of Reclamation Memorial Fountain (approx. 1.8 miles away); Glen Canyon Bridge / Cableways (approx. 1.9 miles away); Concrete Bucket / Concrete Core Sample (approx. 1.9 miles away); Turbine Runner (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Page.
Regarding Crossing of the Fathers. See also Ted J. Warner, The Dominguez-Escalante Journal: Their Expedition Through Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico in 1776 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1995).
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Another Expedition marker along the trail.
Also see . . .
1. Diary of Silvestre Velez de Escalante. (Submitted on February 16, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Dominguez-Escalante Expedition Route Map. (Submitted on February 16, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum. (Submitted on February 16, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Domínguez–Escalante expedition on Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 2, 2019.)
5. Article from Intermountain Histories. (Submitted on December 2, 2019.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 16, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,499 times since then and 127 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 16, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.