120 Years: 1906
Although many miles apart, Grand Junction residents are greatly impacted by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Refugees fled east and many who had been heading west chose to stay in the Grand Valley, flooding the new Union Railway Depot with travelers.
Congress passes the Antiquities Act to protect cultural and natural resources on public lands — not a minute too soon for Mesa Verde as it becomes a national park.
Denver residents attend the very first Western Stock Show. On Main Street, the Margery Building on the south side of the 500 block is erected. It houses stores, offices and a ballroom on the top floor that is still in use today.