Local History Thursday: Renaissance Man Al Look

What didn’t Al Look do? In his life, the longtime Grand Junction resident homesteaded near Dove Creek, Colorado, worked as an advertising manager for Durango and Grand Junction newspapers, wrote a popular column for The Daily Sentinel, became a knowledgeable amateur archaeologist, geologist and paleontologist who was involved with important dinosaur and Paleo-Indian digs in Colorado and Utah, wrote several books on local figures and history, and was a fine arts painter. He also seems to have been a funny, charismatic and engaging man who gave countless speeches and lectures on many topics. No wonder the City of Grand Junction declared June 16, 1972 to be Al Look Day.


Should we have an Al Look statue included in the Legends of the Grand Valley? Maybe. At the very least, we can appreciate the accomplishments of our own renaissance man.


To hear Al Look pontificate on different topics as speaker, interviewer or interviewee, look no further than our Mesa County Oral History Project collection online. You can also find your way to the Rashleigh Regional History Room, where we have copies of his books, and visit our partner in the Oral History Project, the Museums of Western Colorado (whom we can thank for the above photo of Look).


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