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Lee's Ferry in Infrared

Lees Ferry is a tiny settlement next to the Colorado River at the end of a side road 6 miles from ALT US 89, not especially interesting itself but surrounded by some remarkable scenery. The village is named after John D. Lee, a Mormon settler with 17 wives who established a ferry there in 1871 whilst in exile following his role in the massacre of 120 emigrants near St. George, Utah, at a place called Mountain Meadows (for which he was later executed). The ferry provided the only crossing of the river for nearly 60 years until a bridge was built a few miles downstream, where the present day route 89 crosses now.
A wider replacement bridge has recently been completed and together with Glen Canyon Dam this is one of only two bridges across the Colorado for many hundreds of miles between the Hoover Dam and Hite, in Utah.