Grand Valley History and Geography for Kids

Grand Valley looking North from the Colorado National Monument towards the Bookcliffs
Grand Valley and Gand Mesa
(Picture Above) Grand Valley looking East from the Colorado National Monument towards the Grand Mesa
Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument and the Uncompahgre Plateau, looking south from the Grand Valley

Major Local Geography

Interactive Map of Western Colorado


Time Line of Important

Historical Events since 1879

Meeker Massacre (1879)

A Town is Born (Sept. 1881)

Railroad comes through town (Nov. 1882)

John Otto & Colorado National Monument 1911

Building the Highline Project canal system (1918) 

Grand Junction's First Airport (June 1930)

The Great Depression and the CCC (1930's)

World War 2 (1940's)

In 1946 begins to have regularly scheduled flights

Uranium Boom and Bust (1950's)

A Major Highway Comes Through Town (1960's)

Oil Boom and Bust (late 1970's to May 1982)

Becomes Regional Business and Medical Center (1990's)

New Public Bus Transportation system (Feb. 2000)

Another Energy Boom and Bust (2004-2009)