Arthur L. Crawford photograph collection, 1946  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Arthur L. Crawford photograph collection
1946 (inclusive)
29 photographs
Collection Number
The Arthur L. Crawford photograph collection contains a copy of the booklet entitled: Hite: September 17, 1946 containing mounted photographs which describes the dedication ceremony for the ferry across the Colorado River at Hite, Utah. The collection includes photographs of Lake Bonneville shells.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 801-581-8863
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Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top


(taken from his obituary in the DESERET NEWS, November 24, 1980)

Arthur L. Crawford was born in 1899 and died November 22, 1980, at age 81. During his life he accomplished many things, such as being one of the original founders of the Utah Geological and Mineralogical Survey, of which he was the assistant director. Mr. Crawford was director of the Cooperative Microscopic and Service Laboratory at the University of Utah and served as raw materials engineer at the Geneva Steel Co., Provo [Utah]. He was also commissioner of the Utah State Department of Publicity and Industrial Development. He was a faculty member at the University of Utah (1924-1964), Brigham Young University, and the University of Wyoming. He attended Dixie College and BYU and completed graduate work at Stanford University. He was a member of Signa Xi and Phi Kappa Phi. Mr. Crawford was a member of the Geological Society of America, the American Mineralogical Society, the Utah Geological Society, the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.


The crossing of the Colorado River at Hite, Utah, was part of an ancient Native American trail, but was first used by Anglos after Cass Hite settled there in the 1880s. It was the only practical crossing of the river for over two hundred miles in either direction, and was such a convenient crossing that one of the early names was "Dandy Crossing," because it was such a "dandy" place to get across the Colorado. Despite the ease with which travelers could get across the river, however, just getting to the ferry was an ordeal, given the unimproved dirt roads that were common in the area. It was over seventy miles to the nearest community, and the road was little more than a trail. In 1932 Arthur L. Chaffin bought a ranch near the crossing and soon established a ferry using an automobile engine for power. He set about lobbying the Utah State government to improve the road that ran from Hanksville, Utah, to Blanding, Utah, and soon after World War II his efforts were rewarded when the Utah State Department of Publicity and Industrial Development spent $60,000 on road improvements. This road later became Utah 95, but was not fully paved until the 1970s.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of two folders. Folder 1 contains a mimeographed memorial book published on the occasion of the opening of the Hite Ferry across the Colorado River in Glen Canyon on September 17, 1946. The mimeographed book contains 20 photographs of the festivities held that day, as well as text of the speeches and talks given, and lists of participants. Folder 2 contains photographs of shells from ancient Lake Bonneville. It is not documented in the collection how the Hite pamphlet came into Mr. Crawford's possession, or what connection he might have had with the Hite ferry and the dedication ceremonies in 1946, but it is likely that he attended in his capacity as Commissioner of the Utah State Department of Publicity and Industrial Development.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Hite Ferry Dedication pamphlet and Lake Bonneville fossil shellsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description
Hite Ferry Dedication pamphlet
  • 1: Arthur L. Chaffin
  • 2: Harry Aleson and Ralph Badger
  • 3: Indian Glyphs
  • 4: Utah's Gov. Maw and E. P. Pectol
  • 5: E. P. Pectol and Govenor Maw
  • 6: E. P. Pectol, Govenor Maw and unidentified man
  • 7: Unidentified men at meeting
  • 8: E. P. Pectol and Zeke Johnson
  • 9: Car in canyon, Capitol Wash
  • 10: The crowd at Chaffin's Ranch
  • 11: The crowd at Chaffin's Ranch
  • 12: Ruins of Indian Fortress
  • 13: Boating Party
  • 14: The Ferry at Hite
  • 15: The Ferry at Hite
  • 16: "Wedding Ceremony", Chaffin, Johnson, Pectol
  • 17: The Ferry at Hite
  • 18: San Juan High School Band
  • 19: Chaffin's Ranch
  • 20: Approach to Ferry at Hite
Lake Bonneville fossil shells
  • 21-26: Stanicola Ringi
  • 27: Valvata of Carinifex
  • 28: Lake Bonneville Mollusca
  • 29: Cavinifex

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Ferries--Utah--Hite
  • Mollusks--Utah--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
  • Glen Canyon (Utah and Ariz.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Pamphlets--1946
  • Photographic prints--1946-1950