Grand Junction has been through countless changes over the years and sometimes it's difficult to remember what things were like before they changed.

Change Becomes the New Normal

When change happens, it oftentimes feels sudden and very different, because we have grown accustomed to seeing things a particular way. But, over the course of time, the changes become the new normal, and the memories of what used to be gradually fade away. Do you remember what was there before American Furniture Warehouse came in? Or, what was on the spot where Splish Splash Car Wash came in across from the Grand Mesa Shopping Center on 6 & 50?

It's Easy To Forget, But Fun To Remember

That's why I'm bringing up these 12 changes that have occurred in Grand Junction and illustrating how dramatic these changes have been. It's easy to forget the past - but it's fun to remember.

Some are more recent, like the opening of the new truck stops on Highway 6 & 50 on the way to Fruita. Others seem so long ago, like when Hobby Lobby opened at its new location along with Sprouts. Either way, it's interesting to see how things were before there were changes and new construction.

Then and Now: More Dramatic Changes In Grand Junction

Grand Junction has changed dramatically and significantly over the years, and thanks to Google, we can look and see how Grand Junction looked in 2008 compared to how it looks today. Stroll through the images and see how well your memory is at recalling the way things used to be.
 

These Photos Show Grand Junction's Drastic Change in a Few Short Years

Grand Junction is growing, there's no doubt about that. These photos from 2008 to now show just how much our small town has changed. In some cases, we have seen dramatic changes with brand new construction, and in some cases, we have seen changes in how we get around Grand Junction. Whether you have been in Grand Junction for a long time or you are a relative newcomer, you can enjoy this look back at how things have changed in Grand Junction over the past 13 years.

See How Much Grand Junction's Population Has Grown Over the Years

Grand Junction is the largest city between Denver and Salt Lake City with a population of just under 64,000. Over the years, Grand Junction has steadily increased in size. While its growth has slowed in recent years, the population has more than doubled since 1990. The following graphics show how Grand Junction has grown over the last 130 years.

See How Much Fruita's Population Has Grown Over the Years

How big is Fruita, Colorado? Here is a look at how this western Colorado has grown through the years.