Grand Junction, a blossoming city at the intersection of two rivers, is hitting its stride. Once nicknamed “Junktown,” the Western Slope anchor is increasingly attracting businesses and visitors from the Front Range – sometimes permanently. Last year, there were a million visits to lodging facilities in Grand Junction.
HistoryPioneers planted the stakes for Grand Junction 127 years ago. They started Grand Junction at a time when Denver was already teeming with 50,000 people. They evidently had misplaced dreams for their new town: They initially wanted to call it West Denver. The city has always been a laid back kind of place, except when oil shale turned it into a boom town in the late 1970s.
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