New from Arcadia Publishing and local author Alan Kania is Grand Junction. This latest volume of the Images of America series is filled with more than 200 vintage images chronicling the history of Grand Junction.
It was on September 26, 1881, when George A. Crawford, William McGinley, R. D. Mobley, M. R. Warner, and others went to the junction of the Gunnison and Grand (later renamed the Colorado) Rivers to claim 640 acres. In the semiarid confluence of the two rivers, a city developed, fruit orchards were planted, and a college grew out of the seeds of a single-room school with a dirt floor. Several newspapers opened, providing news and information to a business community that included coal mining, railroads, dry goods, and even a toffee factory whose products have graced the tables of royalty.
Highlights of Grand Junction:
• Tells the story of how Grand Junction developed into a progressive community of entrepreneurs, educators, and community-minded citizens through pictures.
• The images featured in this book were chosen from the rich archives of the Museum of Western Colorado, Mesa State College and residents who have preserved the legacy of the founders of Grand Junction.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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