Local History Thursday: Easy Links to People, Places and Topics in Mesa County History

Curious about Mesa County’s past? Satisfy your history itch in one (or a few) easy click(s). Our Mesa County Oral History Project webpage has links to online information about several important people, places, and topics from Mesa County’s history. Find out what Grand Junction contemporaries of Dalton Trumbo thought of him before he became a […]

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Not-So Local History Thursday (On a Not-So Thursday): Outliers From Our Oral History Collection

Sure, you can explore the Mesa County Oral History Project online for fascinating local stories, people and history, but why stop there when the Mesa County Libraries digital archive also contains random recordings of a not-so-local nature? For instance, what is a performance by the Rainbow Valley Boys, a bluegrass band from back East, doing […]

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Local History Thursday: Three Incarnations of The Mesa County Fairgrounds

Did you know that the Mesa County Fairgrounds at Veteran’s Memorial Park were once known as Uranium Downs? People who attended horse races, motocross, WWF style “wrestling,” and other events back in the day might remember this nod to Mesa County’s mining (and radioactive) legacy. The Mesa County Fairgrounds opened in their current location in […]

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Local History Thursday: The Electric Outhouse Toilet

Stuck between modern amenities and primitive facilities, Judge Logan of Grand Junction chose a middle and ultimately shocking course in order to gain some sort of comfort while using the bathroom. The judge owned what Mesa County Oral History Project interviewee Glenn McFall called “a real nice home” near the brickyard (so presumably in the […]

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