Lonely Dell Ranch – Lee’s Ferry Arizona
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This is one of the buildings preserved on the Lonely Dell Ranch historic park at Lee’s Ferry Arizona. The early Mormon pioneer – John Doyle Lee and his wives lived in this area. One wife is said to have remarked – when first seeing this site – that this was such a "Lonely Dell" and the name stuck. The site is comprised of several buildings, an orchard a cemetery and restored irrigation projects.
The Lonely Dell Ranch and Lees Ferry Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is managed by the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Lee’s Ferry provided the crossing of the Colorado River until 1929 when the original Navajo Bridge was built. Many Mormon settlers in Arizona made the trip to the LDS Temple in St. George Utah to solemnize their marriage and this route became known as "The Honeymoon Trail".
Zane Grey wrote about the Lee’s Ferry crossing in The Last of the Plainsmen (1908):
I saw the constricted rapids, where the Colorado took its plunge into the box-like head of the Grand Canyon of Arizona; and the deep, reverberating boom of the river, at flood height, was a fearful thing to hear. I could not repress a shudder at the thought of crossing above that rapid.