Historical markers in place at Grand Junction buildings

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Grand Junction is connecting early visionaries and their buildings that can be found all over downtown.

The Grand Junction Historic Preservation Board, in collaboration with the Museums of Western Colorado, has recognized 21 historic buildings in downtown Grand Junction as a significant part of western Colorado's history by putting up historical plaques for each one.

The goal is to honor their importance as an educational part of local history.

"I'm a third generation shoe man," said Bruce Benge, the owner of Benge's. "We will celebrate 107 years this October, which is pretty cool. Longevity in business is a good thing, so yeah, it makes me proud."

Of the 21 designated buildings, 16 plaques have been installed at the following locations:

• Benges Shoes (514 Main)
• C.D. Smith Pharmacy/MWC (233 South 5th)
• Regis Hotel (359 Colorado Avenue)
• Avalon Theatre (645 Main)
• Fair Building (501 Main)
• Whitman School (248 South 4th)
• Historic Grand Junction News Office (122 North 6th)
• Sampliner Dry Goods/Rockslide (401 Main)
• Bannisters (436 Main)
• Historic Daily Sentinel/Sentinel Square (634 Main)
• Emerson School (930 Ute Avenue)
• Elks Lodge (249 South 4th)
• Mesa Theater (534-540 Main)
• Mesa Drug (400 Main)
• Stranges Grocery (226 Pitkin)
• Schiesswohl (560 Colorado Avenue)

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