Early GJ was real Wild West: Indians, cattle rustlers and all

Grand Junction’s first water pipes were laid late in the fall of 1888. The city built a 100-foot high standpipe at the corner of North Seventh Street and Ouray Avenue. The pump was located at the foot of Fifth Street, by the original bridge across the Colorado River.



111910 history

Grand Junction’s first water pipes were laid late in the fall of 1888. The city built a 100-foot high standpipe at the corner of North Seventh Street and Ouray Avenue. The pump was located at the foot of Fifth Street, by the original bridge across the Colorado River.

When 9-year-old Mark J. McKeel arrived in Grand Junction with his father on that clear, bright morning of June 17, 1887, the city was still a small frontier town. There were no water or sewer…




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