120 Years: 1981

The Grand Valley’s wine industry begins to sprout as Colorado Mountain Vineyards moves to East Orchard Mesa and begins planting grapes and producing wine.

The Museum of Western Colorado acquires the Cross Land and Fruit Ranch, at one time the largest orchard in western Colorado with more than 2,000 apple trees over a 243-acre area. Dr. Pete Mygatt and John Moore discover dinosaur fossils in Rabbit Valley near the Colorado-Utah border. Dave and Anne Brach open Computerland at 644 Main St.

Local rancher and speaker of the House of Representatives Bob Burford is appointed national director of the Bureau of Land Management by President Ronald Reagan, who soon after survives an assassination attempt when shot in the chest by John Hinckley Jr. “Dance music” is beginning to replace disco, but not in 1981 Grand Junction. Nightclubs such as Harry M’s and the Timber’s are still boogie-oogie-oogie-ng it up. The first stainless steel DeLorean automobile, with its signature gull wing doors, rolls off the production line in Northern Ireland.

To seen a photo gallery of The Daily Sentinel’s 120 years project, go to GJSentinel.com.


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