Way Back When, April 14, 2014

Photo from the Robert Grant family collection.

Members of the North Avenue Owners Association are hard at work promoting, revitalizing and improving the main corridor through Grand Junction. With a $1.9 million Colorado Department of Transportation grant to design the North Avenue Complete Street Project, the city has begun to map out the concept and construction is scheduled to begin in 2015.

I’m dating this photograph of North Avenue, or U.S. Highway 6 as it eventually became, at around 1958 — the year the silhouette of a skier appeared on Colorado license plates. Looking west, from about 10th and North, you can see Campus Drug, Dick Sparkman’s North Avenue Appliances, Coast to Coast Hardware, Homestyle Bakery, Home Gas, Mickey’s Super Service and Nellie Jones’ Realty. The south side of the avenue was still mostly homes at that time.

George Crawford named North Avenue more than 120 years ago as part of the city’s original square mile. South Avenue became the southern boundary; First Street, the west; and 12th Street the eastern boundary.

This photo is from the Robert “Bob” Grant collection and was loaned to us by his family. A Grand Valley native, Grant was a Daily Sentinel photographer for most of his career. A scholarship in his name is awarded each year to a Colorado Mesa University student who is also an aspiring string instrument musician. More can be found on the university’s website, http://www.coloradomesa.edu.


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