Crossing of the Fathers

Crossing of the Fathers (HMQZF)

Location: Page, AZ 86040 Coconino County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 55.156', W 111° 27.605'

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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.
Series This marker is part of the Dominguez y Escalante Expedition series
Year Placed1976
Placed ByJohn Wesley Powell Memorial Museum and Arizona Bicentennial Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 5:56am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 459020 N 4086015
Decimal Degrees36.91926667, -111.46008333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 55.156', W 111° 27.605'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 55' 9.36" N, 111° 27' 36.30" W
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Area Code(s)928
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 107 Lake Powell Blvd, Page AZ 86040, US
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