Grand Junction, Colorado

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.

Welcome to Grand Junction

Panorama to the East - Ute Avenue in the Center

Grand Junction Police Department

BPOE (Elks) Lodge

St. Michaels Catholic Church
in back of Home Loan Building

Union Station
(red roofed building)

Avalon/Cooper Theater

Great Breakfast

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.




Great Italian Cuisine

Clothes on Your Back
and Food in Your Belly

Great French Cuisine

Can you guess where this is?

Gorillas in the Mist? or Sun?


View Down Main Street

"Sigma" by Pavia Justinian

Truly Art

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.

Railroad Trestle across the Colorado River

Bridge Detail

Stored Yard Engines

Amtrak's California Zephyr

119 Pitkin Avenue
Historic D&RGWR Station

Grand Junction Station

Historic Union Station

Tagged Tank Car

Union Station Detail

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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