Place Names from the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition

In 1776 Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante set out on an expedition to find a route from Santa Fe, New Mexico to the coast of northern California. Dominguez and Escalante were Franciscan priests who were traveling along with 9 other companions. Part of their expedition took them from northward from New Mexico through […]

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Back When the Library Had Hitching Posts

In 1901, a Carnegie Library was opened in Grand Junction to serve the citizens of the town. The building was located at the corner of 7th St. and Grand Ave. The architecture was of a Greek-style design and included large Corinthian columns, cathedral windows, and a fireplace in the center of the building. Visitors would […]

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Remembering Stephen Hawking: 1942-2018

Theoretical physicist and best-selling author Stephen Hawking passed away on Wednesday morning in Cambridge, England at the age of 76. His groundbreaking work in the fields of gravity and black holes made him a leading scientist of his generation. He also had remarkable success as a writer. His 1988 book A Brief History of Time sold […]

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Self-publishing: One Author’s Journey on April 10

Miriam Burden is a local writer and artist who has recently released a self-published graphic novel. She will discuss resources and options for aspiring writers and talk about her experience as a self-published graphic novel author. The event will take place on Monday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Library Community Room. Her […]

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Museum Passes Now Available for Checkout

Family passes for the Museums of Western Colorado are now available for check out at Mesa County Libraries. The passes can be checked out for a week at a time to visit the Downtown Museum, Dinosaur Journey, and Cross Orchards. Learn more about the different museum locations here. Family museum passes allow entrance of up […]

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The Last Chance Mine

In the 1890’s there were several copper mines operating in southwestern Colorado. Some of the abandoned mines are located within easy driving distance from Grand Junction. The Last Chance Mine was one of those sites. The operation was an example of hard rock mining, which is the process of extracting hard minerals like copper, zinc, […]

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Are You Curious About Fantasy Football?

Do you have questions about fantasy football that you’ve always wanted to ask? Come to a presentation on the basics of fantasy sports on Wednesday, October 19 at 5:30 PM in the Mesa Community Room. This presentation is not intended to offer advice on how to play. It is only intended to help explain the social […]

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Children’s Story Time in 1939

In 1939 the Grand Junction Public Library was located at 5th and White. The children’s center had been recently remodeled and the youngsters who visited were undoubtedly excited to get to use the new area. At least 20 children regularly attended story time which was usually followed by a snack and crafts. It is now […]

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