WAY BACK WHEN: Redlands Community Center
The stately and historic Redlands Community Center continues to serve the Grand Valley after nearly 95 years.
The doors first opened to the public on Thursday, Aug. 18, 1921, as the Grand Junction Country Club by a group of 50 local businessmen headed by Charles Rump of the Redlands Co.
Each member paid $300 to build the $15,000 clubhouse.
Soon, 160 acres to the east were leased and a nine-hole golf course was built.
By 1935, the club was struggling through the Depression along with its membership and the rest of the nation.
But the Redlands Women’s Club was thriving and set to build their own clubhouse. Rump suggested the country club sell the building to the enterprising ladies.
They quilted, cooked and held carnivals, and rented the facility to the college, service clubs and citizens.
By 1944, the women had finally paid off the original $5,000 mortgage. It was renamed The Redlands Club, and it became the Redlands Community Center in 1984.
Currently on the Colorado Historical Society Register, it’s still run by a board of directors and they are continually seeking support from the community through volunteer opportunities and donations.
Visit their website at http://www.redlands communitycenter.org to learn more about Grand Junction’s first country club and golf course.
Thank you to writer and historian Eileen O’Toole, who was born and raised on the Redlands and who interviewed many of the original ladies of the club and has written much about its history.
Kimberly Ladenthin, a new board member of the Redlands Communty Center, is working hard to preserve the history and create new interest as the members lead up to a 100th birthday celebration in 2020.
She invited me, and wants to invite all of you, to their ninth annual fundraiser April 25.