The Crawford crusade
The effort to restore the Orchard Mesa mausoleum where Grand Junction Founding Father George A. Crawford is buried, replace a plaque identifying the structure and move a statue of him to the gravesite, is a worthy one.
It’s all the more so because those behind the effort aren’t pushing for the use of taxpayer funds to complete the project. Instead, they are seeking private donations, while the city of Grand Junction provides some in-kind work to provide public access and a parking area to the site. Crawford is an important figure, not just in Grand Junction’s history, but as a founder of several communities in the 19th century West and as a politician in Kansas. His final resting place deserves to be more than a crumbling sandstone structure surrounded by weeds and a haven for vandals.
Support is due to those folks, led by former Grand Junction Mayor Bruce Hill, who are working to preserve the Crawford gravesite.