Grand Junction, Colorado

IMG_0986Mesa County seat, Grand Junction, was incorporated in 1882 and is home to about 60,000 people. “Grand” refers to the Grand River, which was renamed Upper Colorado River and “Junction” is the confluence of the Gunnison and Colorado rivers.IMG_0988Stately County Courthouse located in the middle of the Grand Valley. The valley was originally inhabited by the Fremont people in 200 A.D. The Ute’s showed up around 1400 A.D. The area was actually part of the colonial empire of Spain until 1881.IMG_0976Colorado National Monument west of the cityIMG_0984Words or photos cannot do justice to the Colorado National Monument. I took Rim Rock road from Grand Junction to Fruita and some of the most awe inspiring scenery I have seen to date.IMG_0987The downtown area seems to be revitalized with lots of sculptures and street art.IMG_0980I saw several coyote cutouts at the State Park in Fruita, not sure if they are supposed to be educational, but they can scare the shit out of you in low light situations. I spent most of my time in the Monument so did not do any shopping. People I talked to gave me a couple different cheeseburger options but only one seemed to make sense.IMG_0990Jimmy’z on 12th is located across the street from Colorado Mesa University. I am sure the college has an influence on this burger joint but I believe its close proximity to Dalton Trumbo’s boyhood home has helped.IMG_099311:15 am and the line is forming. Place your order, receive your number, step to the left. I ordered a basic double cheese, although there was several awesome looking choices. Fresh hand pressed burger, good condiments, fresh bun. This is the first cheeseburger I was unable to finish. As good as it was, it was just bigger than I realized. If you are in Grand Junction, find Jimmy’z on 12th street and see how a cheeseburger is meant to be.

2 thoughts on “Grand Junction, Colorado

  1. Can’t believe you finally met your cheeseburger match. The monument photos are gorgeous! Think maybe your best photos so far, especially the yellowish trees and brush reflected in the water. I never heard of the Colorado NM but will have to check it out next time I’m in the neighborhood.

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