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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Mesa County, Colorado

 
Clickable Map of Mesa County, Colorado and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Mesa County, CO (26) Delta County, CO (18) Garfield County, CO (30) Gunnison County, CO (32) Montrose County, CO (34) Pitkin County, CO (14) Grand County, UT (27) San Juan County, UT (45)  MesaCounty(26) Mesa County (26)  DeltaCounty(18) Delta County (18)  GarfieldCounty(30) Garfield County (30)  GunnisonCounty(32) Gunnison County (32)  MontroseCounty(34) Montrose County (34)  PitkinCounty(14) Pitkin County (14)  GrandCountyUtah(27) Grand County (27)  SanJuanCounty(45) San Juan County (45)
Adjacent to Mesa County, Colorado
    Delta County (18)
    Garfield County (30)
    Gunnison County (32)
    Montrose County (34)
    Pitkin County (14)
    Grand County, Utah (27)
    San Juan County, Utah (45)
 
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GEOGRAPHIC SORT
1Colorado (Mesa County), Colorado National Monument — Ancient Environments
The rocks that make up this landscape formed in environments that are very similar to ones we can observe on the earth's surface today as well as ones that occur beneath the surface where tectonic plates collide to form mountain ranges. Kayenta . . . Map (db m159711) HM
2Colorado (Mesa County), Colorado National Monument — Canyon In A Canyon
While this might look like a glacial U-shaped valley, it is not. It is a canyon formed by flowing water. The story is one of different rocks responding to erosion in different ways. Hanging Canyon Notice how the profile of this canyon . . . Map (db m159762) HM
3Colorado (Mesa County), Colorado National Monument — Climbing Independence
[Left side historical photo captions read] With his climbing partner Rae Kennedy, and photographer Whipple Chester, John Otto became the first person to summit Independence Monument. Otto had been in the area five years by then. When he arrived . . . Map (db m159662) HM
4Colorado (Mesa County), Colorado National Monument — John Otto
In recognition of John Otto Trail Builder, Promoter, and First Custodian of Colorado National Monument Est. May 24, 1911Map (db m159625) HM
5Colorado (Mesa County), Colorado National Monument — Stephen Tyng Mather — July 4, 1867 - Jan. 22, 1930
He laid the foundation of the National Park Service defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good that he has done.Map (db m159637) HM
6Colorado (Mesa County), Colorado National Monument — The Grand View
Take the short stroll to a spectacular and unique viewpoint to discover more about the Monument's geology and high flying birds. Bird Habitat The airspace above the protected canyons is the domain for a diverse variety of birds. The Oldest . . . Map (db m159709) HM
7Colorado (Mesa County), Colorado National Monument — The Shape of Independence
Does the shape of Independence Monument help tell the park's erosional story? It depends on your viewpoint. From here the monolith appears to be shaped like a tower, but the sideview shows that it is the remaining piece of a rock wall between . . . Map (db m159647) HM
8Colorado (Mesa County), Colorado National Monument — The Shapes of Erosion
Erosion produces unusual shapes on the landscape. As the protective Kayenta Formation layers erode from the ridge before you, the softer Wingate Formation beneath it is exposed and responds in a unique way. Early visitors throught these shapes . . . Map (db m159759) HM
9Colorado (Mesa County), Colorado National Monument — Tragedies on Rim Rock Drive
Twenty-three mile Rim Rock Drive was built almost entirely by using picks, shovels, and sheer muscle to remove massive rock and debris. The engineering skill of the workers can be seen today in the tunnels and stonework. With construction came a . . . Map (db m159715) HM
10Colorado (Mesa County), Colorado National Monument — Upper Serpents Trail — Serpents Trail to Devils Kitchen Trailhead
With around 20 switchbacks, this old road was once called the "crookedest road in the world." In 1961, the Serpents Trail was converted to a hiking trail, quickly becoming a local favorite. The scenic path curves back and forth through Wingate . . . Map (db m159612) HM
11Colorado (Mesa County), Fruita — Butch Cassidy — In the Grand Valley
Reportedly, in October 1899 Butch Cassidy and several members of the Wild Bunch, also known as the Hole-in-the-wall Gang, travelled through Grand Valley. From 1889 to 1904 this band of desperadoes thrilled local citizens and terrified many . . . Map (db m104504) HM
12Colorado (Mesa County), Fruita — Dinosaur Diamond — A Dual-State National Scenic Byway
About the Diamond The Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway (Dinosaur Diamond) is located in eastern Utah and western Colorado. Three-quarters of the 512-mile loop are within Utah. The segment within Colorado was designated the Dinosaur . . . Map (db m159772) HM
13Colorado (Mesa County), Fruita — Fruita History & Recreation
A Brief History Fruita was founded in 1884 by William E. Pabor as a fruit growing colony. Pabor's early efforts to create a commercially viable fruit industry between California and the upper Midwestern states led to the Grand Valley . . . Map (db m159775) HM
14Colorado (Mesa County), Fruita — Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park — Field of Dreams
Colorado Western Slope Vietnam Casualties Charles Leland Adkins • Adam David Ballard • John Alvin Berry Thomas Louis Brown • Sam Burnell Jr • Austin Ray Chenoweth Billy Floyd Clark • George Arthur Clark • Mark Giles Danielson Leroy . . . Map (db m159770) WM
15Colorado (Mesa County), Grand Junction — 10 — Bannister Furniture — c. 1890
William H. Bannister came from Molina, Colorado in the 1890s and in 1897, bought an established furniture store and funeral parlor from M.O. Whitehead. At the time, many furniture stores sold caskets and had an undertaker on staff. W.H. . . . Map (db m120072) HM
16Colorado (Mesa County), Grand Junction — 12 — Benge’s Shoe Store — c. 1911
Benge's store is the oldest shoe store in the state, possibly the oldest shoe store west of the Mississippi River. Founded in October of 1911, three generations of the Benge family have operated the business. Founder Bertrand Benge moved from . . . Map (db m120051) HM
17Colorado (Mesa County), Grand Junction — 2 — Grand Junction Elks Lodge #575 — c. 1900
Lodge #575 was founded in 1900 by local drug clerk, 32-year-old J. Morrison Wohlfort. Before the present Lodge home was built, the founding Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks met in the I.O.O.F Hall at 454 Main Street. Lodge #575 was . . . Map (db m120078) HM
18Colorado (Mesa County), Grand Junction — Grand Junction News Established
Upon this site in October 1882 a vital cultural influence in the town of Grand Junction was established by the printing of the first newspaper ~ The Grand Junction News Edwin Price, Editor Map (db m120052) HM
19Colorado (Mesa County), Grand Junction — 13 — Majestic/Mesa Theater — c. 1894
This building originally housed the Mesa Opera Rink, which opened in 1885. It offered a 300-seat playhouse for live theater, musical, and vaudeville acts. Ballroom dancing was on the large wooden "Rink" floor. In 1907, the front of the building was . . . Map (db m120045) HM
20Colorado (Mesa County), Grand Junction — 9 — Mesa Drug/City Market — c. 1924
The Prinster family opened the first City Market Store in the back of this location with a storefront facing Fourth Street in 1924. By 1940, the Prinster Brothers built western Colorado's first supermarket one block to the north of this location. . . . Map (db m120073) HM
21Colorado (Mesa County), Grand Junction — Rocky Roads — Colorado National Monument
The first people to witness this view were probably Indians who had to scale the steep cliffs and talus slopes. Later, ranchers dug narrow passages up into the canyons to bring their cattle to graze in the rich highland trails below. Begun during . . . Map (db m61910) HM
22Colorado (Mesa County), Grand Junction — 8 — Sampliner’s Dry Goods — c. 1890
In the 1890s, Joseph and Albert Sampliner started a small business selling men's fine clothing from a pushcart. The Sampliner cousins purchased their goods from bankrupt dry good stores in the Red Mountain mining district. The Sampliners . . . Map (db m120071) HM
23Colorado (Mesa County), Grand Junction — 5 — St. Regis Hotel — c. 1892 — National Historic Register —
An early stagecoach stop, The Grand Hotel, welcomed visitors with a tin-faced, two-story building, surrounded by shade trees, wooden sidewalks, and spacious lobby. In 1904 the building was purchased from William and Allie Neff and Anna Scott by . . . Map (db m120050) HM
24Colorado (Mesa County), Grand Junction — 21 — The Fair Building — c. 1904 — City Historic Register —
William J. Moyer was one of Mesa County's leading businessmen and philanthropists. He arrived in Grand Junction in 1890 and opened the original Fair Store across the street in a room measuring 12 ft. x 20 ft. with $700 in stock. In 1904, Moyer . . . Map (db m120055) HM
25Colorado (Mesa County), Grand Junction — 4 — Whitman School — c. 1925
This building was constructed in 1925, and served as an elementary school until 1965. It and the adjoining park, formerly known as Cottonwood, were named the Whitman School and Whitman Park, in honor of frontier missionary Marcus Whitman, who . . . Map (db m120079) HM
26Colorado (Mesa County), Palisade — Colorado River Highway
Dedicated to The Pioneers of the Mountains and the Valleys of Western Colorado Map (db m120041) HM
 
May. 8, 2021