Obituaries and Local History

Find Obituaries in the Catalog

  • Visit the catalog and select “Genealogy” from the search drop-down menu
  • Search by name or keyword
  • The initial screen displays matching names with birth and death date information below
  • Click on the person’s name to get The Daily Sentinel date and page number
  • Use the date and page number to retrieve the obituary from The Daily Sentinel microfilm on the Central Library’s lower level


970West Digital Collection

Veterans Remember – This is an ongoing project that seeks to collect and document the memories, thoughts, and experiences of U.S. military veterans who live in Mesa County.

Mesa County Oral History Project – The MCOHP began as a joint project of the Museums of Western Colorado and Mesa County Libraries (MCL) in 1975 by collecting tape-recorded interviews with pioneers of Mesa County and surrounding areas and interviews with the children of pioneers. The Central Library housed the duplicate audio cassettes and provided patron access to the histories. The museum stored the master tapes and kept files and transcripts related to the oral history collection. This is an ongoing project.


Rashleigh Regional History Room

This regional history room is located at the Central Library. The collection includes city directories, local histories, gravestone inscriptions, railway information, and more.

The Rashleigh Regional History Room is named in honor of Rosemary Rashleigh, long-time library supporter and former member of the Mesa County Libraries Board of Trustees.

Please, no food or beverages in the Rashleigh Regional History Room.


Newspapers on Microfilm (located just outside of history room entrance)

  • Two dedicated computers with auto-microfilm readers
  • The Daily Sentinel : 1893-2010.  2010 – present (with 3-month lag) is in electronic PDF format and accessible on the microfilm computers. (Please note we are missing the following reels of film: January 1950, February 1950, March 1950, February 1981, and January 1993. CMU may have access).
  • Grand Junction News : 1882-1918
  • The Weekly Sentinel : 1897-1918


Grand Junction Polk City Directories

From the current year going back to 1904, this mostly complete collection includes a reverse phone number directory in addition to directories of street addresses and names. Older editions sometimes include occupations, marital status, and information on whether people rented or owned property. R 917.88 C751g


Grand Junction Telephone Directories                                                                                 

From the current year going back to 1943.


Hayden Survey

The locked case contains the 1877 Hayden Survey of Colorado. The maps can be seen by appointment only.  Please visit the Central Library information desk for more information.


Railroad Section

Includes detailed railroad history titles mostly, but not entirely, dealing with the western region of the United States. R 385.09788


Colorado Brand Books

Past and present listings of all registered livestock brands in the state of Colorado.


Western Colorado Section

The Grand Heritage by local historian Dave Fishell. R 978.8171 F532g

George Crawford’s Attic: Dusting of Grand Junction, Colorado’s Past by Deborah Brockett. R 978.8171 B864g

125 People, 125 Years: Grand Junction’s Story by Laurena Davis. R 978.817 D262o

Monumental Majesty: 100 Years of Colorado National Monument by Laurena Mayne Davis. R 978.817 M815



Old yearbooks from local middle schools, high schools, and Colorado Mesa University (formerly Mesa State College). Yearbooks are also located in electronic PDF format and accessible on the microfilm computers.


The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies

Exhaustive records on the American Civil War including first-hand accounts, maps, and field reports. R 973.73 U58w


Gravestone Inscriptions        

Booklets list gravestone inscriptions for the following cemeteries:
DeBeque, Glade Park, Battlement (Parachute), Bethlehem (Paonia), Cedar Crest (Collbran), Clover (Collbran), Eagalite (Plateau City), Elmwood (Fruita), Fairview (Mesa), Palisade, Sacred Heart (Fruita), Veterans Crownpoint (Appleton), Whitewater.
R 929.3