Grand Junction is located in the western part of the state of Colorado and a city and seat of Mesa County, which sits in the Grand Valley and is in the confluence of the Gunnison and Colorado rivers. The area where the present-day Grand Junction stands was settled in 1881 by the ranchers after the Ute Indians were expelled and was then called Ute and changed West Denver. The area was later on called Grand being it as the first name of Colorado River and is located in the junction of two rivers. The site was then developed to become a center of the mining and irrigated-farming in the region and as well as the transportation hub within the Colorado Plateau. It later became the business headquarters of the uranium production in the 1950s along with the local gas, oil, vanadium, gilsonite, and oil-shake resources.
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