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Opinion: Celebrating Grand Junction’s heritage

Ken Johnson
Free Press Opinion Columnist
A bronze sculpture of Grand Junction's founder, George Crawford, looks out across the valley from Crawford's mausoleum.
Courtesy / Ken Johnson |

On Tuesday, May 12, you can help celebrate part of our town’s long-overdue history; and you will certainly enjoy it!

All you have to do is be up on top of Reservoir Hill, just off the water plant road, for a brief ceremony at 11 a.m. The event will be held next to the big, bronze sculpture of George Addison Crawford, the town’s founder back in 1881. He’s standing beside the restored Crawford mausoleum, gazing out over his valley.

Bruce Hill, one of our burg’s outstanding citizens, is also getting a nice recognition next Tuesday at 11 a.m. — the city’s 2015 Historic Preservation Award.

You can easily be there to help thank Bruce for doing the heavy lifting to get the deteriorated tomb fully restored, back to “as new” condition.

Bruce had a host of helpers, including members of the Legends Sculptures Project Samuel Baseler and Priscilla Mangnall. That said, anyone who knows Bruce understands he wastes no time in getting things done, and done right.

The old tomb had been a community eyesore since the 1950s, but it was easy to ignore. Now it is a fabulous tribute to our town’s history, plus it’s an unrivaled scenic view of the entire valley.

Bruce more than earned this award sponsored by the city’s Historic Preservation Committee. It will give all of us a chance to thank him.

Go early. This is one for your bucket list.

Free Press columnist Ken Johnson is founder of the Grand Junction Free Press and former owner/publisher of The Daily Sentinel. He spends his time between the Grand Valley and California.

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