Grand Junction, Colorado

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Arch Sculpture and GardenArch Sculpture and Garden (09/19/2002) in front of the Grand Junction City Hall.

LibraryLibrary (09/19/2002) The white rings are vapor trails from the Blue Angel Air Show that was going on while I was taking pictures.

Grand JunctionGrand Junction (09/19/2002)

Mesa County Public LibraryMesa County Public Library (09/19/2002) The Mesa County Public Library (530 Grand Avenue). Travelers can get a half hour of free interest access at the Library.

Mesa County Public LibraryMesa County Public Library (09/19/2002) The vapor trail in the picture is from the Blue Angel Air Show that takes place each year.

Book Cliff ViewBook Cliff View (09/19/2002) The Book Cliff View from Colorado National Monument

Grand ValleyGrand Valley (09/20/2002) Grand Valley from the West Side of Colorado National Monument. The strange clouds in front of Mount Garfield is the vapor trail of jets from an air show.

Grand Junction Botanical GardensGrand Junction Botanical Gardens (09/20/2002) The Green House for the Grand Junction Botanical Gardens.

Union Pacific RailroadUnion Pacific Railroad (09/20/2002) Grand Junction is a Railroad town. The California Zephyr passes through town on its daily trex across the country.

Union PacificUnion Pacific (09/20/2002) The train station is a block from the Convention Center and downtown. You can visit without having to rent a car.

Grand Junction Union Pacific DepotGrand Junction Union Pacific Depot (09/20/2002) A view of the old station from the railroad side.

Grand Junction TerminalGrand Junction Terminal (09/20/2002) The old station was undergoing renovations. Hopefully, the US will seeing a resurgence of train travel.

Mesa State College Clock TowerMesa State College Clock Tower (09/20/2002)

Grand Junction ChapelGrand Junction Chapel (10/22/2005) A quaint chapel in downtown Grand Junction.

Hawthorne SuitesHawthorne Suites (10/22/2005) New hotel at the top of main near the convention center in Grand Junction.

Alpine BankAlpine Bank (10/22/2005) Alpine Bank in Grand Junction.

Home Loans BuildingHome Loans Building (10/22/2005) Home Loans Building in Grand Junction.

Art on MainArt on Main (10/22/2005)

Rendezvous at BoomersRendezvous at Boomers (10/22/2005) Couple meeting on Main.

Parking Meter ConventionParking Meter Convention (10/22/2005) Several Grand Junction Parking meters escaped the drudgery of collecting nickels on curbsides and are now hanging out on Main.

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Grand Junction

Grand Junction, Colorado is the largest city on Colorado's Western Slope. The town is located at the confluence of the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers.

Downtown Grand Junction is a classic western town, that is gradually evolving into an arts center. The freeway and air port are several miles north of downtown. The unfortunate result of this development is that most of Grand Valley has been stretched into unending miles of rather boring suburban development.

NOTE in the original surveys, the upper reaches of the Colorado River were called the Grand River. The Colorado River proper began at the confluence of the Grand and Green Rivers west of Moab, Utah. So originally, Grand Junction was on the confluence of the Grand and Gunnison Rivers.

In 1921, at the request of the Governor of Colorado, the "Grand River" was renamed the "Colorado River". This saved the State of Colorado the embarrassment of being named for a river that didn't actually flow through the state, but saddled the Grand Valley and Grand Junction with the odd distinction of being named for a river that no longer exists on the maps.


Context: Towns-Colorado

Colorado River (96 pictures) Grand Junction is at the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison River.

Colorado National Monument (66 pictures) The Colorado National Monument is an impressive collection of sandstone cliffs and towers just to the South of Grand Junction.

Interstate 70 (51 pictures) Interstate 70 runs through the northern end of town.

Western Colorado Botanical Gardens (15 pictures) The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens is a new feature on the shores of the Colorado River in Grand Junction.

Sunny Colorado (5 pictures) Grand Junction is the heart of the Western Slope of Colorado.

Mesa State College (15 pictures) Mesa State College is a four year liberal arts college located in the heart of Grand Junction.

Grand Mesa (34 pictures) Grand Mesa, the largest flat top mountain, is a few miles east of Grand Junction.

Book Cliffs (5 pictures) Mount Garfield, that towers over the northern stretch of Grand Junction, is the southwest boundary of the Book Cliffs.

Museum of Western Colorado (15 pictures) The tower at the Museum of Western Colorado provides good views of downtown Grand Junction and surrounding areas.

Highway US 6 (10 pictures) U6/50 runs through downtown Grand Junction.


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