120 years: 1964

Construction is shown along Rood Avenue in downtown Grand Junction.



Loyd Files opens Grand Junction’s first shopping center on the outskirts of town in 1964. Teller Arms Shopping Center is built on the former site of Loyd and brother Clarence’s Starlight Drive-in at 23rd Street and North Avenue.

James S. Gormley moves Mesa Federal Savings & Loan from 552 Main St. to 131 N. Sixth St. The new building becomes part of the downtown Operation Foresight movement to modernize the real estate.

Teens are confounding their parents and teachers as surfer bangs, twangy music and skin- tight jeans become the rage. Ford introduces the Mustang and Ed Sullivan introduces the Beatles. “Jeopardy” and “Bewitched” make their television debuts, and Sidney Poitier becomes the first black person to win an Oscar for Best Actor, for “Lilies of the Field,” at the 36th Academy Awards.

Martin Luther King Jr. accepts the Nobel Peace Prize, and Lyndon B. Johnson defeats Barry Goldwater in the presidential election. Audiences flock to movie theaters to see “Goldfinger” and “Mary Poppins.”

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


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