History of the Grand Valley
The Grand Valley was a flood plain with a humid climate in ancient times. Where dinosaurs lived and roamed about and still to this day attract tourist and scientists from around the world. The first known humans in the valley were Fremont Indians. The Fremonts were farmers, hunters, and artists. Thier petroglyphs and pictographs still fascinate visitors.
Around the 1800s the Grand Valley was home to the Northern Ute Tribe. Many of the region’s mountains and rivers were named by two traveling Spanish friars. The discovery of silver and gold drew prospectors and towns were made to meet the needs of miners and their families.
Grand Junction, the Valley’s biggest city, has been around for just about 125 years.
In September 1881, the area experienced a land rush settlement and the town was established. It was first called Ute, then moved into West Denver and then finally turned to Grand Junction. The name got itself from the junction of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers!
By 1883, the Grand Junction was named the head county seat. The Grand Valley started to thrive when the main line of the Denver and the Rio Grande Railroad came into the area in 1887. Soon after, the Grand Valley went through major irrigation to create a fertile agricultural area.
Today the Grand Valley is home to more than 150,000 in 15 communities. With the biggest of these towns being Palisade, Fruita, and Grand Junction.
Grand Junction is home to a number of manufacturing, service industries, hospitals and a regional airport.