Resting place restored

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Photo by Gretel Daugherty

Bruce Hill, of Grand Junction, stands with the restored mausoleum of George Crawford, which is on a hill above the Orchard Mesa Cemetery. Hill, a former mayor, helped get funding and donations to restore the site. Crawford founded the cities of Grand Junction and Delta and three cities in Kansas.

The off-white stone mausoleum that sits atop a hill overlooking the wide expanse of Grand Junction finally looks like a suitable resting place for the city’s founder, George Crawford.
Following more than a century’s worth of wear and tear, the structure has been restored to its former glory thanks to an informal collective of local residents. Former Grand Junction Mayor Bruce Hill headed up the group, spending nearly the last year and a half collecting $23,000 in private donations and summoning $11,000 worth of volunteer craftsmanship to spruce up the mausoleum. Work was completed this spring and summer.

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