Streets named for settlers

Griffith has cancer surgery

LOS ANGELES — A representative for Melanie Griffith says the actress has had surgery to remove early stages of skin cancer from her face.

Spokeswoman Robin Baum said Thursday the procedure was done early enough to prevent further complications.

The 52-year-old Griffith was left with a black eye after the surgery.

The “Working Girl” star has a 12-year-old daughter with her husband, actor Antonio Banderas. Griffith also has an adult son and daughter from previous relationships.

She is set to appear on an episode of TV’s “Nip/Tuck” next year. Shaloub heads to Broadway

NEW YORK — From “Monk” to madcap.

Tony Shalhoub will co-star with Anthony LaPaglia in a Broadway revival of “Lend Me a Tenor,” Ken Ludwig’s screwball comedy about a missing opera star and the frantic attempt to cover up his absence.

The comedy will open April 4 at the Music Box Theatre, with preview performances beginning March 11. It was first seen on Broadway in 1989.

Shalhoub recently completed his final season of the television series “Monk,” while LaPaglia starred in the canceled CBS drama “Without a Trace.”

“Lend Me a Tenor” will have an equally starry director: actor Stanley Tucci, who has roles in two of the year’s more prominent films, “Julie & Julia” and “The Lovely Bones.”

Bike crashes into star’s car

LOS ANGELES — Authorities say a paparazzo has crashed his bicycle into actress Anne Hathaway’s car in West Hollywood. No one was seriously injured.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said Thursday the unidentified cyclist ran into Hathaway’s car on Wednesday as the car made a right turn.

The Oscar-nominated star was a passenger in her black Audi being driven by her boyfriend Adam Shulman.

Whitmore says investigators determined the rider was a paparazzo because he was carrying a camera with a long lens.

Witnesses told deputies he was traveling fast, but there was enough time for him to avoid the crash.

Globes honor Scorsese work

LOS ANGELES — Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio are set to celebrate Martin Scorsese at next month’s Golden Globe Awards.

The two actors and longtime Scorsese collaborators will present the director with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 67th annual Globes ceremony.

The DeMille award recognizes outstanding contributions to entertainment. Past winners include last year’s recipient, Steven Spielberg, along with Warren Beatty, Anthony Hopkins and Michael Douglas.

The Golden Globe Awards will be presented Jan. 17.

Why and how towns, streets and formations were named intrigues me, and I thought it might be that way for others. So here are a few for you.

Grand Junction was chosen for our city’s name because of the junction of the Gunnison and the Colorado rivers. It wasn’t until 1921 that the Grand River was changed to the Colorado River by an act of Congress.

The first post office, however, was called Ute.

In the early days, Grand Junction was nicknamed “Belly-Ache Flats” because each summer some settlers suffered (and died) from dysentery and typhoid from drinking river water.

Crawford Avenue was named for Gov. George A. Crawford, president of the Grand Junction Town Co. and considered the founder of Grand Junction. Crawford Addition, or Riverside, was named for J.A.K. Crawford, who worked for the railroad and had a brick factory near his house on Lawrence Avenue in the Crawford Addition.

Henry Rood, for whom Rood Avenue was named, served in the state Legislature. Allison White, for whom White Avenue was named, was a leading citizen in the early days. Both Rood and White were members of Grand Junction Town Co.

Crosby Avenue, which parallels the railroad, was named for Dave Crosby, who was a commissioner for the government land office here in about 1908. He was also in the real estate business.

Kimball Avenue was probably named for the family of Kimballs who settled in the De Beque area around 1882. The Kimballs were first to bring cattle in any large number to the area in 1883.

Struthers Avenue is said to have been named for Alex Struthers, the master mechanic for the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. He was one of the first to build in that area.

Noland Avenue evidently was named for C.P. (Perry) Noland, who was a member of the firm of Noland, Moore & Co., a dry goods store on Main Street before the turn of the century.

Ouray Avenue is named for Chief Ouray, chief of the Ute Indians at the time they were forced out of the area into Utah to open up the country for white settlement.

Chipeta Avenue was named for Ouray’s wife. She was said to be the perfect wife: attractive, intelligent and a generous hostess.

Gunnison Avenue was named for Capt. J.W. Gunnison, who surveyed this area into Utah, where he was murdered by the Indians in June of 1853.

The original town plat named the first four parks Walnut (now Hawthorne), Chestnut (now Washington), Cottonwood (now Emerson) and Maple (now Whitman). Neither Lincoln Park nor Riverside were part of the original town. Whitman was named for Marcus Whitman, explorer and missionary, who swam the river here in 1842 as part of his dramatic ride to “save Oregon for the U.S.”

The Bookcliffs were named because of the way the long line of cliffs resembles the opening pages of a book. Apparently, Bookcliff Avenue was so named because it ran along the route of Little Bookcliff Railway.

Lawrence Avenue got its name from W.B. Lawrence, an early resident of Grand Junction and city treasurer.

Mantey Heights was named for Fred Mantey, a saddle maker and pioneer who first lived on North Seventh Street before developing and moving to Mantey Heights.

Patterson Road was named for Henry Patterson Sr., who farmed on Patterson Road.

No one knows who named the three fruitridges on First Street. Early residents remember when First Fruitridge was known as Poverty Hill, maybe in sarcasm because of the fact that some of the finer old homes were built out there early.

This, of course, is not inclusive, but perhaps it is a start.


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