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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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Downtown Grand Junction

Grand Junction

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