120 years: 1950

The office of the Daily Sentinel along Main Street, above, is remodeled. BELOW: Grand Junction High School fullback Gene Taylor looks at the cast on the leg of teammate Rex Martin, who anchored the Tigers’ line before being injured. Taylor would attend go on to attend University of Colorado and go into the sporting goods business later in the decade.

Halfway through the 20th century, the population of Colorado is determined to be 1,325,089.

Aspen hosts the first World Ski Championships outside of Europe.

The old sugar beet factory, in Grand Junction is converted into a vanadium and uranium processing mill.

U.S. Sen. Bourke Hickenlooper, R-Iowa, probes the disappearance of several ounces of uranium ore from a lab in Illinois, and officials deny the rumors of 30 tons of uranium oxide ore missing from our area.

Dr. Joseph Merrill opens his office in Grand Junction and becomes the first board-certified surgeon between Denver and Salt Lake.

The Daily Sentinel office at 634 Main St. gets a new facade and modern interior.

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


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