Priscilla Mangnall
Grand Junction Free Press History Columnist

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September 13, 2012
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PRISCILLA'S COLUMN: Hoosegows and Slammers

What a nice Public Safety Center we have now! Thanks to the City of Grand Junction we now have a police station that we can be proud of once again. The building they just moved from was once the most modern facility of its kind between Salt Lake and Denver, but it had grown shabby over the years. They kept expanding and cobbling buildings together and it was ticky tacky.

I'm certainly pleased. These people work hard to keep our community safe and are deserving of an upgraded "state-of-the-art" working environment.

I'm sharing some photos of jails and police stations of days gone by. The first jail in Grand Junction was a wooden, one-room structure and one of the first buildings to be built in town along with the school house, general merchandise stores and, of course, a saloon or two.

I hope you enjoy.

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