120 Days: 1974

Exciting times for Grand Junction in 1974: President Gerald Ford makes a trip to town and visits Mesa College, the same year it becomes a four-year school.

Maxine Albers is the first woman elected as a Mesa County commissioner, and Mesa College baseball coach Bus Bergman is inducted into the Junior College World Series Hall of Fame.

Valley Federal Plaza opens at Fifth Street and Rood Avenue and changes the cityscape at 10 stories high.

Marmot Mountain Works begins manufacturing outdoor clothing and equipment at 226 Pitkin Ave; 21-year-old Eric Reynolds, with Dave Huntley and Tom Boyce, are the founders.

Residents can no longer feed their Clymers french fries to the ducks, as Mesa County deeds Duck Pond Park to the city and it becomes a lake-less park. The library moves to a remodeled Safeway building at Fifth Street and Grand Avenue.

Fire devastates the new Daily Sentinel building on South Seventh Street.

Publisher Ken Johnson and Editor Barclay Jameson manage to not miss a single day of publication.

To view an ongoing photo gallery of The Daily Sentinel’s 120 years project, go to GJSentinel.com.


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