GJ 150 pops lid on time capsule

GJ 150 pops lid on time capsule


Contents of the time capsule buried at the Grand Junction centennial in 1969 were unearthed last week by members of the committee planning this weekend’s sesquicentennial.

The items had been wrapped in plastic bags and buried in a copper box. 

All were in perfect condition. 

Along with programs, fliers, centennial stationery and issues of the Grand Junction Globe-Free Press the week of and the week after the three-day centennial, the contents included five issues of the Des Moines Register and Des Moines Tribune.

Those issues — dated between July 12 and July 25 — covered the moon launch and landing in July 1969. The Monday, July 21, Register carried the headline, “MAN WALKS ON MOON.” 

Also included was a heartfelt two-page letter from then-Gov. Robert D. Ray to the Grand Junction community.

The items will be on display this weekend at the Grand Junction Community Center as part of the GJ 150 celebration.

The GJ 150 parade will get underway at 11 a.m. Saturday  at 14th and Bennett streets. The parade will continue north to Hager Street, then run west on Hager to 9th Street, continuing south to the city swimming pool.

The Isiserettes drum corps and dance troupe of Des Moines is a featured entry in the parade.

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