15 Facts About Grand Junction, Colorado That Not Everyone Knows
George Addison Crawford founded Grand Junction, Colorado on July 22nd, 1882. Crawford also planted the area's first vineyard in Palisade.
In the 141 years since that time, Grand Junction has undergone several changes. Many fun facts can get lost over time unless people remember to share and discuss them. Today we're going to take a little time to do just that.
Grand Junction Myths and Legends
Did you know that natives of the Grand Valley are said to be cursed? Legend has it the Ute Indians cursed the valley upon their forced exit from Colorado to federal reservation grounds in Utah. The curse says natives who leave the valley will only end up returning. To break the curse you must take sand from the BookCliffs, Grand Mesa, or Colorado National Monument with you when you leave to avoid being 'called back'.
Grand Junction's Secret Tunnels
Did you know there are tunnels that connect some of the oldest buildings in downtown Grand Junction? One example of these is the tunnels connecting the Elks Lodge (4th Street) and the St Regis Hotel (Colorado Ave). The buildings are within a block of one another, which means these tunnels may have been used for all kinds of things back in the day.
Grand Junction is a Town with Many Names
In the earliest days of Grand Junction, settlers are said to have called the area 'belly-ache-flatts'. People would drink the water right from the confluence of the Gunnison and Grand (Colorado) Rivers, and end up with all kinds of stomach problems. Other names for Grand Junction included 'Ute' and 'West Denver'.
We asked you for some fun facts about western Colorado's largest city that not everybody knows. Scroll on to check out 15 things you may not have known about old 'belly-ache-flatts'.