Threshold of History Part 1

By: Lisa McDivitt
By: Lisa McDivitt

As a brand new resident to the Grand Valley, I have a lot to learn. So, I figured the best way to get to know a place is to get to know its past…

My new historical series, Threshold of History, explores Grand Junction’s yesterday through buildings that still exist today.


For the first installment, I recently made my way to downtown Grand Junction, and sat down with the owner of the Rockslide Brewery. Scott Howard gave me the scoop on how he spent a lot of time and money turning his historic downtown building into a remodeled ode to the past.


Some things to look for next time you’re at the Rockslide to grab a pint of beer? The Sampliner’s logo in the entryway (an original from the late 1800s), and the door to nowhere in the middle of the back wall, which used to lead to the former shop’s second-floor offices.


To learn much more about the history of the Sampliner’s/Rockslide building and how it fits into the city’s past, click here for the story and a video that was featured on Friday morning’s 11 News Live Today broadcast.


Also, I am always looking to feature buildings that help tell the story of Grand Junction’s history. So please share your suggestions, or any thoughts you have about this series, right here on my blog.


See you next time!
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  • by Jessica Location: grand junction on Feb 1, 2009 at 09:46 AM
    How about doing the old IOOF building on 5th. It hold years of memories for me and hundreds of peolpe both young and old, men and women! One of the oldest buildings in junction I grew up attending meetings there until Roper Music finally bought out the Odd Fellows 2(?) years ago. Now the Odd Fellows currently attend mettings on the cornor of 30rd and the I70 B.
  • by Lisa on Jan 9, 2009 at 04:11 AM
    Thanks for the tip, Steve! I just heard about the tunnels yesterday, and I'm intrigued. I'll definitely look into this.
  • by Steve on Jan 7, 2009 at 06:45 AM
    You ought to do a piece about the tunnels under main street
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