120 Years: 1935
The Mesa College Orchestra is founded and becomes the forerunner of the Grand Junction Symphony. Dalton Trumbo enrages the Grand Junction community by publishing his first novel, “Eclipse.” Benny Goodman plays the Mile-a-Way Ballroom behind a wall of wire netting in front of the bandstand to keep from being hit by whiskey bottles. Dancers came to hear big band music and not his particular brand of swing. The Interurban railway between Grand Junction and Fruita ceases to haul produce, and the first Christmas Bird count takes place. In Lake County, “Baby Doe” Tabor is found frozen to death in her cabin near the famous Matchless Mine, while Parker Brothers releases the game of “Monopoly.” Porky Pig makes his debut, and humorist Will Rogers is killed in an airplane crash in Alaska.
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