120 years: 1977
The year 1977 marks a milestone in the history of the Grand Valley. The Colorado Limited Winery Act allows small wineries to produce and sell. The Downtown Development Authority is founded, and a fire destroys the Army Store that was once the location of Grand Junction’s first city hall, fire department and jail at 461 Colorado Avenue. Coors Ceramics opens a plant west of town and employs hundreds of residents to make porcelain parts for IBM. The local Historical Museum and Institute is renamed the Museum of Western Colorado and the Fruita Paleontological area is created. Mesa County Partners is created and local men and women volunteer to mentor youth. Jogging over the Colorado National Monument becomes popular as the Mesa Monument Striders Running Club gets organized and physical.
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