Sentinel publishers depicted in plaques

Bronze reliefs of Walter Walker and his son, Preston, displayed at university

Colorado Mesa University officials and two publishers of The Daily Sentinel unveil two bronze reliefs of Walter and Preston Walker at Walker Field on Friday afternoon. Walter Walker became publisher of the Sentinel in 1911 and was instrumental in establishing a college in Grand Junction. His son, Preston Walker, took the reins of the Sentinel when his father retired.

Two bronze reliefs depicting the field’s namesakes soon will be installed at Colorado Mesa University’s Walker Field.

The rectangular plaques, featuring former Daily Sentinel publishers Walter Walker and his son, Preston Walker, were unveiled at the field Friday afternoon.

University spokeswoman Dana Nunn said the school has not decided where to permanently install the reliefs, but they likely will be placed near the field’s entrance, she said.

Colorado Mesa University students and professors created the bronze images in the school’s on-campus bronze foundry.

Walter Walker’s relief depicts his image, a newspaper, the Avalon Theatre and an airplane flying by the Bookcliffs. Preston Walker’s relief shows his image, plus a newspaper and a person boating on a river.


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