Grand Junction, Colorado

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Art CycleArt Cycle (10/22/2005) You can really rip up the desert with this bicycle.

FountainFountain (10/22/2005) A brother, sister and their dog skiffy playing in the fountain.

GrubGrub (10/22/2005) A swine got in the act of chowing down on some grub.

Building for LeaseBuilding for Lease (10/22/2005) There are still some handsome buildings for lease in downtown Grand Junction.

Coffee HouseCoffee House (10/22/2005) A coffee house in downtown Grand Junction.

Observation TowerObservation Tower (10/22/2005) When visiting Grand Junction, you will want to climb to the top of Museum of Western Colorado's observation tower for a wonderful view of the surrounding terrain. Sadly, the tower is not open at first light.

Elks LodgeElks Lodge (10/22/2005) The Elks have a grand lodge near downtown Grand Junction.

SchoolSchool (10/22/2005)

Elks LodgeElks Lodge (10/22/2005) The Grand Junction BPO Elks Lodge.

Grand Junction OfficeGrand Junction Office (10/22/2005) A stately office building in downtown Grand Junction.

Art on MainArt on Main (10/22/2005) Art on Main Street in Grand Junction, USA.

Saint Joseph s ChurchSaint Joseph s Church (10/22/2005) The old and new St. Joseph's Church in Grand Junction.

Bicyle ShopBicyle Shop (10/22/2005) A cycle shop in downtown Grand Junction.

Cycling SculptureCycling Sculpture (10/22/2005) This piece of iron works captures the majesty of the majesty and history of bicycles.

Downtown Grand JunctionDowntown Grand Junction (10/22/2005) Downtown Grand Junction viewed from WC Museum Tower.

Colorado River BridgeColorado River Bridge (10/22/2005) Colorado River Bridge from the WC Museum tower.

Grand JunctionGrand Junction (10/22/2005) A view from the WC Museum tower with the Colorado National Monument in the distance.

Downtown Grand JunctionDowntown Grand Junction (10/22/2005) View of historic downtown Grand Junction from the WC Museum tower.

White Water Hill VineyardWhite Water Hill Vineyard (10/22/2005) Entrance to the tasting room at the Whitewater Hill Vineyard / Winery in the Orchard Mesa area.

Mount GarfieldMount Garfield (10/22/2005) Mount Garfield viewed from Colorado River State Park.

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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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