First Stop? The Depot!

By: Lisa McDivitt
By: Lisa McDivitt

Our first stop of the morning was Grand Junction’s old depot, off of Ute Avenue in downtown Grand Junction. Click here to learn more about how we did the live shot, and the history of the place.

Grand Junction’s old train depot is up for sale (for the price of $1.1 million), but the history of the place is, well, priceless.


Conner and I shot footage of the building, as well as some interviews about two weeks ago. We finally got to air the story today, so we thought the perfect place to do the live shot during this morning’s show was from the building itself. (Many thanks to George Dunham, who woke up early to let us in! He’s the realtor who’s selling the Depot.)


Once inside, Conner set up just one light to help give us cool shadows for the live hits (he used natural light for the rest). As for sound, we couldn’t find any wireless mics early this morning, so we had to use the stick mic (which also comes with a cord). That made some of the movement a little more difficult, but it didn’t keep us from going up a ladder to the second floor! (And, thanks to Conner on that one for convincing me to do it…)


It was really fun to be inside the building, with cathedral ceilings and a real sense of history, so early in the morning. The sunrise warmed the building up a little bit, and cast a really warm glow coming from the stained glass windows.


What’s that? Oh, you want me to get to the story itself! Well, click here to check out both the history of the old Grand Junction Depot, as well as where it might be headed in the future. Some current ideas? People have suggested turning it into a train museum, one prospective buyer was considering a brew pub, and another thought it would make a cool residence. (I agree!) What would you do with the building, if you could afford to buy it?

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