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Take a walking tour of downtown Grand Junction’s Legends

Dalton Trumbo
Ken Johnson |

It started with Dalton Trumbo.

Back in 1935 when the novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter’s first novel, “ECLIPSE,” reached his hometown of Grand Junction, the town’s social leaders were enraged.

A citizens group thought ECLIPSE was worth reprinting however. Sales of the book in December 2005 raised over $65,000 for Mesa County Library. A bronze of Trumbo, sitting in his bathtub writing a movie script, was dedicated in 2007. (That same year the city of Grand Junction commissioned a bronze of George A. Crawford, founder of Grand Junction, for the town’s 125th birthday.)

Trumbo and Crawford led to the idea that bigger-than-life bronzes, each one somehow telling a story, could be a worthwhile project. As part of Art on the Corner, Legends of the Grand Valley was born. The ninth sculpture, for 2015, is in the planning stage and will be unveiled in September.


Start at Seventh and Main streets, where Trumbo sits in front of the newly renovated Avalon Theatre, across the street from Daily Sentinel publishers Walter and Pres Walker. Sister Mary Balbina Farrell, who started and actually helped construct St. Mary’s Hospital, is diagonally across the intersection from Chet and Vernie Enstrom of Enstrom Candies (which is located at the southeastern corner of Seventh and Main streets).

Department store owner, banker and philanthropist William Moyer is in front of Alpine Bank at Fifth Street and Rood Avenue. The trio of local leaders — Joe Lacy, Dale Hollingsworth and Leland Schmidt, who successfully created Operation Foresight and the Downtown Shopping Park — are at Third and Main Streets.

A block west on Main Street, across from Two Rivers Plaza, is Colorado National Monument founder John Otto atop his horse, Rowdy.

Two blocks further west, at Spruce and Main streets, are the four Prinster brothers, founders and developers of City Markets.

For more information, visit http://www.gjarts.org.

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