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Bureau of Reclamation in Colorado

Added by yongli on 05/12/2016 - 16:53, last changed on 03/17/2017 - 10:56
The United States Reclamation Service, later renamed the Bureau of Reclamation, was created in 1902 to advance settlement of the West through construction of large dams, reservoirs, canals, and other projects. Since then, the service has played an important role in the development of Colorado’s...

Colorado National Monument

Added by yongli on 01/23/2017 - 16:17, last changed on 04/18/2017 - 11:02
On May 24, 1911, President William Howard Taft established Colorado National Monument in Mesa County , near Grand Junction . Today the monument, one of eight in Colorado, encompasses more than 20,000 acres of sandstone cliffs and monoliths, scenic canyons, and sparse vegetation. The area draws...

Grand Junction

Added by yongli on 01/24/2017 - 16:26, last changed on 04/17/2017 - 16:01
With a population of nearly 60,000, Grand Junction is the largest city on Colorado’s Western Slope . The city takes its name from its location at the junction of the Gunnison and Colorado (formerly the Grand) Rivers, in the heart of the Grand Valley . Grand Junction lies near some of the state’s...

Handy Chapel

Added by yongli on 10/24/2016 - 15:50, last changed on 12/02/2016 - 17:01
Built in 1892 in downtown Grand Junction , Handy Chapel is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church but is legally owned by the black citizens of the city. In more than 120 years of existence, the chapel has served the community primarily as a church but also as an important social...

Mesa County

Added by yongli on 06/27/2016 - 15:11, last changed on 04/18/2017 - 12:39
Mesa County is situated on 3,341 square miles of the eastern Colorado Plateau in western Colorado. The county is named for the wide, flat-topped mountains within its borders. The Spanish called such mountains mesas —meaning “tables.” The county’s largest mesa, Grand Mesa , rises more than 11,000...

Rim Rock Drive

Added by yongli on 12/02/2015 - 10:59, last changed on 04/18/2017 - 09:10
Built primarily by New Deal work programs in the 1930s, Rim Rock Drive is a twenty-three-mile scenic road through Colorado National Monument . Connecting Fruita and Grand Junction, the road increased tourism to the monument by allowing travelers to drive through and continue on their journey. The...

Stranges Grocery

Added by yongli on 10/31/2016 - 11:54, last changed on 04/17/2017 - 15:58
Located at 226 Pitkin Avenue in Grand Junction , Stranges Grocery is a two-story commercial building that housed one of four Italian groceries in the early twentieth century. Built in 1909 by local stonemason Nunzio Grasso, the grocery was owned and operated by Italian immigrant Carl Stranges and...

Uranium Mining

Added by yongli on 03/31/2017 - 16:12, last changed on 03/31/2017 - 16:12
Uranium mining in Colorado dates to the late nineteenth century, when uranium resources were discovered in the southwestern part of the state. The region’s Uravan Mineral Belt is rich in carnotite, the ore that produces uranium and vanadium. Both elements have various industrial and military...

Wayne Aspinall

Added by yongli on 08/01/2016 - 14:56, last changed on 11/30/2016 - 15:19
At the memorial service for long-time congressman Wayne Aspinall in 1983, Colorado Governor Richard Lamm said, “you can’t take a drink of water in Colorado without remembering Wayne Aspinall.” Wayne Norviel Aspinall (1896–1983) was born in Ohio and moved with his family to Palisade , Colorado, in...
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