Local History Thursday: Tips For Backyard Scavengers, Metal Detectorists, And Antiquities Hunters

Working at libraries, particularly those with vibrant historical collections, you meet all kinds of artifact hunters. Occasionally, they let drop a hint or two about how they go about their business. While I cannot vouch for the man in Denver who claimed to be following plans for the recovery of buried treasure (supposedly passed from […]

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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: Language Learning Resources In The Local History Collection

Mesa County Libraries have plenty of resources to delight those interested in history, such as our Veterans Remember collection of interviews, the Mesa County Oral History Project collection, our online obituaries, and the Rashleigh Regional History Room in the Central Branch. But did you know that our history collection also contains linguistic knowledge that, due […]

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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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