Grand Junction Colorado History
The Pine Gulch Fire became the largest wildfire in Colorado history, topping the 217 square miles in Grand Junction and dwarfing the 2002 blaze, which is still considered the nation's most violent wildfire. In western Colorado, the snow-capped peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park stretch on the western edge of what is known as the Grand Junction Mountain Range, the highest point in the western United States and the second highest in North America.
The city is the most populous community in western Colorado and has a council - a kind of administration. At the 2010 census, the city's population was 2,846,926, an increase of 1.5 percent over the 2000 census. Grand Junction is home to Rocky Mountain National Park and is one of Colorado's most popular tourist destinations and a major tourist destination in Colorado.
Grand Junction is located on the western edge of Rocky Mountain National Park in western Colorado and is close to some of the state's iconic natural features, including the Rocky Mountains, Colorado River and Great Smoky Mountains. Located in the heart of Colorado's wine country, bordered by vineyards, Grand Junction is home to Grand Valley State Park, a popular tourist destination and one of Colorado's top tourist destinations. It is the second largest city in western Colorado with a population of 2,846,926 and is located about 30 miles west of Denver and about 60 miles east of Boulder.
Since its foundation in 1882, Grand Junction has served as the center of the valley that has made it Colorado's fruit capital and the seat of Grand Valley State Park.
Since the turn of the century, Grand Junction's agricultural economy has diversified, earning it a reputation as one of Colorado's most attractive tourist destinations. Recreation and attractions - Attractions include Grand Canyon National Park, Colorado River State Park with its towering monoliths and Grand River National Wildlife Refuge. Grand Valley State Park, the largest national park in the United States, has its own history as a tourist destination with a variety of attractions including the Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountain National Monument, Grand Mesa National Recreation Area and Colorado State Forest to name a few. Due to its proximity to the Colorado River that runs through Grand Junction, Colorado River State Park consists of five sections in five different locations.
The monument includes the towering red-toppled cliffs and canyons of the Great Smoky Mountains and Rocky Mountain National Monument. The Colorado River flows into the Grand Valley as a mighty river carved from the DeBeque Canyon on Grand Mesa's Roan Plateau. In western Colorado, the Gunnison River flows into the Colorado (formerly called the Grand River) in the Grand Valley. This is the first major tributary of the main stream that connects the broad valley with Grand Junction.
The Grand Mesa basalt basin, with its flat, flat mountains, overlooks the Colorado River and the Great Smoky Mountains National Monument in western Colorado.
The name Grand refers to the historic Grand River, but was renamed the Upper Colorado River in 1921, and for this reason there is no mention of it in the name of Grand Junction, Colorado's largest city. It was first called the "Grand River" because the word "Junction" is the connection between the Colorado and Gunnison rivers. It was founded by the first residents of what was then Grand Valley, a town of about 1,000 people in western Colorado, and was incorporated this year.
After its founding in Grand Junction, Colorado's sugar beet industry soon moved to the eastern slope, where the vast beet fields irrigated by the South Platte and Arkansas rivers outnumbered the Grand Valley farmers.
In the 19th century, when beets were booming, Grand Junction was used as a shipping hub to ship fruit products, and it was connected to the world by a line that eventually connected Denver and Salt Lake City. The northern arm of the trail runs through Santa Fe and then follows the Green River, where it meets its southern arm, through the Grand Valley and into Colorado. It followed the Colorado River and the South Platte River to its terminus in Colorado Springs, Colorado, near the Grand Junction.
Although the Grand Junction area was originally a desert valley, numerous canals and dams were built to carry water from the Colorado River to the new city. Irrigation of the Grand Valley began in 1882 and consisted of low-cost gravity cannons that carried the Colorado River through the mouth of its gorge. As erosion lowered the Grand Valley deeper and deeper, the Gunnison River, which flows upstream of Grand Junction, was forced to keep pace.
Pabor had the vision and was responsible for the construction of the city's first public school, Grand Junction High School. In the 1920s, the population grew to 8,665, and as the University of Colorado expanded to become Colorado Mesa University, it gained another 1,500 residents.