120 years: 1896
In 1896, Grand Junction was bustling. The Colorado Midland Railroad brought sightseers through town on their way to Salt Lake City through Cripple Creek, Leadville and Aspen via Ute Pass.
The Sisters of Charity from Fort Leavenworth, Kan., were sent to Grand Junction to build a hospital and through Sister Mary Balbina Farrell, St. Mary’s Hospital was established at 10th and Colorado Avenue.
The coal mine in Cameo was started, and President Grover Cleveland signed Utah into statehood.