Local History Thursday: The Driggs Mansion

Within the first few months of moving to Grand Junction, I went out for a cloudy day drive on Highway 141 up to Gateway, Colorado. This day trip had been recommended to me by many locals for its incredible beauty, and those recommendations were 100% accurate.  With sweeping canyon views, verdant sagebrush fields and plentiful […]

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Local History Thursday: The Crafty Ways of Mesa County Pioneers

If you’re a user of the internet and any bit excited about cooking, crafting, home design, travel, or general entertainment, chances are you have experienced the (sometimes addicting) Pinterest app.  Pinterest is a social media network designed for users to easily search specific topics, save information and photos, and discover new ideas based on personal […]

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Local History Thursday: The Fair Store Floor Walker

“The Fair Store Floor Walker,” sounds like a creepy story about some ghost shuffling around an old abandoned building.  Sorry to disappointment any horror fans out there –  “floor walker” is actually a job title given to early Grand Junction resident Jennie Elizabeth Dixon. In the early to mid-1900s, a floor walker was a person […]

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February Staff Picks

Happy February!  You, my fellow readers, can rejoice in being a bit spoiled this month because 2020 is a leap year.  That gives you one whole extra day to check out some of these recommended titles from Mesa County Libraries staff. Hooray! A ray of sunshine amidst the large, hovering, consistent blob of winter grey. […]

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January Staff Picks

Welcome to the new year! Here’s to starting 2020 off right with some various recommendations provided by our lovely staff.  These items will all be available in the Mesa County Libraries catalog. Austin’s Pick: The Library Book by Susan Orlean This is a great book on the history of the Los Angeles Library system and […]

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Local History Thursday: The Grand Mesa Ski Club

It’s been snowing in Mesa County, and I know a certain bunch of locals who associate snow with one thought – POWDERHORN! With the abundance of fresh snow the Grand Mesa has received in the last few weeks, it feels appropriate to share a bit of the area’s winter-themed history.  A prior Local History Thursday […]

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Local History Thursday: The Plateau Voice

In the early days of Mesa County’s Plateau Valley, specifically the town of Collbran, Colorado, there existed a newspaper called the Plateau Valley Stockman.  The newspaper began in 1901, changed its name to the Plateau Voice in January 1905 until 1929, and lastly went under new ownership and became the Plateau Valley Voice until October […]

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