120 Years: 1984
Despite more than 1,000 foreclosures in Mesa County in 1984, Grand Junction, with the help of many forward-thinking entrepreneurs, is rising to new heights. The Daily Sentinel begins using its new $6 million printing plant and the Mesa County Economic Development Council is established. Art on the Corner emerges to put downtown Grand Junction on the map. The Doo Zoo Children’s Museum opens in the old Montgomery Ward building at Fifth and Main streets, and KPRN National Public Radio makes its debut. A new Colorado state office building opens at 222 S. Sixth St., and the North Seventh Street Residential District is put on the National Register of Historic places. Bill Fanning, head baseball coach at Grand Junction High School, is named the National Coach of the Year.
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