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In March of 1963 the final gate of Glen Canyon Dam was closed and the water began to accumulate, creating Lake Powell. The water would follow the same path as the Colorado but would seep into additional canyons not easily accessible in the past; at the same time the rising waters would cover from view rare petroglyphs and landmark formations.
The Greene family was, once again, pioneers in a new frontier. Nineteen sixty- four was a preview of what was to come for Lake Powell. The January 1964 issue of Arizona Highways that featured Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Recreation Area spiked interest in travelers and Canyon Tours, Inc received hundreds of letters requesting information. Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden of England visited the new recreation area in 1965 and were the first of many who followed.
Wahweap Lodge and Marina at Lake Powell became a recreation destination for dignitaries, politicians, celebrities and adventurers world wide. A.H "Bill" Greene, Jr., and his wife Evelyn were the General Managers. Evelyn was Wahweap Lodge's Hotel Manager and Earl W. & Irene Johnson managed the boat tours. The extended family was employed in a variety of positions in the company until it was sold to Del Webb Recreational Properties in 1976.
What began as a rough ride on the Colorado River became a destination for the adventuresome. The lure of the water in the desert opens doors to many adventurers. Tourism is an essential feature of Arizona's history and culture, a force that will always have a social and economic impact on the state.
"As the years rolled by I have been privileged to meet or have as my guests, people from all walks of life and all corners of the earth. I have tried to treat each one on a 'man to man' basis, for I discovered all of us share the same dreams and despairs-same laughter and tears-same good fortunes and badů..I can see nothing but population and economic growth for our area but I pray there will be respect by all for the awesome and inspirational natural surroundings which have been memorable 'Magic' to me." Art Greene