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On Friday, March 12,Carl Hayden Visitor Centerwill host the first in a series of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Rainbow Bridge National Monument.
The opening event will take place at 7 p.m. at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center in Page, Arizona. The featured speaker will be long-time Page resident and businessman Elijah Blair. Mr. Blair has worked at several trading posts across Arizona and the Navajo Nation, including Toadlena, Mexican Water, and Aneth. Later he owned the Dinnebito and Kayenta Trading Posts, as well as the Wetherill Inn in Kayenta. He also served as president of the United Indian Trading Association.
Mr. Blair will recount his many experiences as a trader and share stories about his life as an early resident of Page and frequent visitor to Rainbow Bridge. Since arriving from Kentucky in 1948, Mr. Blair has established close and lasting relationships with the people and places of this region.
Rainbow Bridge was declared a national monument by President William H. Taft on May 30, 1910. The National Park Service is organizing a series of events over the next three months leading up to the 100th anniversary commemoration on May 30, 2010. Announcements for future events will be forthcoming. Check the Rainbow Bridge web site (www.nps.gov/rabr) for updates.
The March 12 lecture is free and open to the public. The Carl Hayden Visitor Center is located on Highway 89 at the Glen Canyon Dam in Page, Arizona. Security screening is no longer required to enter the visitor center, and visitors may bring their bags and cameras to the lecture.