120 years: 1943
Uranium is the talk of the town in 1943 as vanadium mills open up to secretly produce uranium. The War Department buys land west of the cemetery for Project X.
The war effort is strong as rationing, Victory Gardens and scrap metal drives keep patriotism on every citizen’s mind. Also, 750 German prisoners of war help harvest the 1942 peach crop and the entire south end of Grand Junction is shelled when two railroad cars carrying munitions explode in the railyard.
A hangar at Walker Field burns and eight airplanes are destroyed. Local social and service clubs unite to establish the Mesa County Service Center in the YMCA Building to provide entertainment for servicemen and women.
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