Welcome to Grand Junction. The city is situated on I-70 247 miles west of Denver and is the largest municipality on the Colorado Western Slope. In fact, it's the largest municipality between Denver and Salt Lake City, with a population of about 62,000+. The town is so named because of its location at the confluence of the (historic) Grand and Gunnison Rivers, the Grand being renamed the Colorado in 1921. The city is located in the center of Grand Valley , bounded on the west by Colorado National Monument, on the north by the Bookcliffs, and on the east by Palisade, the hub of Colorado's wine country. Grand Junction and surrounds are the place to come if you like hunting, fishing, and/or mountain biking. The rest of this first section is a series of random photos I took from atop the Sterling T. Smith tower at the Museum of the West.
A very interesting and eclectic part of Grand Junction is Downtown Grand Junction, a portion of Main Street between First and Eighth Streets. It has many one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants and also Art On The Corner (AOTC). AOTC is a series of both permanent and temporary sculptures located on sidewalks and street corners.
Grand Junction was historically and is today an important railroad hub. The railroad through Grand Junction was built by The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, which would become part of Union Pacific in 1996. Union Pacific transports automobiles, intermodal, and energy products (oil, gas, and coal) in Grand Junction. Amtrak's California Zephyr also stops in Grand Junction on its San Francisco/Chicago route.
This concludes our little tour of Grand Junction. A big thanks to Wikipedia for providing a lot of the background information.
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