120 Years: 1994

It is a sad day in downtown Grand Junction history in 1994 when F.W. Woolworth’s closes at Fifth and Main streets. More devastating is the Storm King Fire near Glenwood Springs when the lives of 14 firefighters are lost in July.

An effort to save the Grand Junction Union Depot is launched when the Depot Preservation and Restoration Board buys the historic structure from the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad.

Handy Chapel is added to the National Register of Historic Places and the city of Grand Junction creates the Historic Preservation Board.

Mesa State College enrolls 4,600 students, an all-time high, and Grand Junction High School wrestlers take the state championship once again.

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


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