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  • Grand Junction

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    With a population of more than 60,000, Grand Junction is the largest city on Colorado's Western Slope. This photo looks northwest over the city, with the Colorado River hidden behind a strip of trees in the foreground. St. Mary's Hospital, one of the largest employers in the region, is the tall rectangular building at center, while the southern slopes of the Roan Plateau spread across the background.
    Grand Junction
  • Grand Junction, 1920s

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    By the time this photo of a busy downtown Grand Junction was taken - sometime between 1919 and 1926 - the city was already the commercial hub of the Western Slope, drawing produce from the surrounding farmland and hundreds of tourists who came to see Colorado National Monument.
    Grand Junction, 1920s
  • Holly Sugar Factory, Grand Junction

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    Built in 1899, the Holly Sugar Factory in Grand Junction was the first such factory built in Colorado. It processed beets into sugar. The factory was shuttered during the Great Depression but reopened in the 1950s as a processing plant for uranium mined elsewhere on the Western Slope.
    Holly Sugar Factory, Grand Junction

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Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, “Employment,” updated 2016.

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“Valley of the Grand—Its Extent, Character and Agricultural Possibilities under Irrigation,” Tribune (possibly Denver Tribune), 1883.

Additional Information: 

Jodi Buchan, Western Colorado Fruit & Wine: A Bountiful History (Charleston, SC: American Palate, 2015).

Colorado National Monument

Laurena Mayne Davis, ed., Monumental Majesty: 100 Years of Colorado National Monument (Grand Junction, CO: Grand Junction Media, 2011).

Downtown Grand Junction

Grand Junction

Grand Junction Commission on Arts & Culture

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Grand Junction Tourism

Gary Harmon, “Tipton Wants to Extend Life of Radioactive-Waste Disposal Site,” Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, September 16, 2016.

 “Little Italy a Lively Place in Southwest Downtown,” Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, August 18, 2011.

Local Climate Change?” editorial, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, March 17, 2016.

Mesa County Genealogical Society

Mesa County Historical Society

Mesa Land Trust

Museums of Western Colorado

Ruth Powell Hutchins Water Center, “Annual Report 2014/2015,” Colorado Mesa University, 2015.