Category Archives: Loyd Files Research Library

Museum Education Class

When most people in the Grand Valley think about their local heritage, what do they think of? Do they think of the Museums of Western Colorado? Or do they think of one of our sites, such as Cross Orchards Historic Site or the Museum of the West? Many people who walk through the door of Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita are not aware that it, too, is under the umbrella of the Museums of Western … Read More

Loyd Files Research Library and Archives News

Many exciting projects are underway with the collections at the Museum of the West, the Loyd Files Research Library and Archives, and Cross Orchards. Erin Johnson Schmitz, Curator of Collections and Archives, has been working to get our collections ready for reaccreditation, as well as to make them more available to researchers and the public. The Museum of the West houses artifacts that help to tell the story of Grand Junction and Mesa County. It … Read More

From Our Collections: Kiefer and Cheedle Photo Collections

In the Loyd Files Research Library of the Museums of Western Colorado are two large photo collections of former Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad employees, Warren Kiefer and Ray Cheedle. Because both men were railroad employees, the collections give a rare insight into operations and the personnel of the “Rio Grande” as it was known. When Mr. Kiefer’s family moved to the Salt Lake Valley, he would ride his bike down to the Salt … Read More

Intern Conducts Collection Research At “Body Farm”

Few people may be aware that Grand Junction is home to one of six “body farms” in the United States. Known as the Forensic Investigation Research Stations (FIRS), it is operated as part of Colorado Mesa University under the direction Dr. Melissa Connor. FIRS consists of an outdoor space on an acre of land surrounded by privacy fencing and an indoor facility that includes a classroom, wet lab/morgue, walk-in cooler, in-take area, office, and secure … Read More