Do you recall that one special toy you loved as a child? I asked on social media, "What was your favorite toy growing up?" According to you, these were Grand Junction, Colorado's most popular toys.

It was rough growing up in the early 1970s. There were so many things a child could want. Major blockbuster movies were rolling out, and merchandising was king. Superheroes dominated the Saturday morning cartoon lineup, and we all "needed" our favorite hero's action figure. Do you recall your favorites?

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One Clear Standout Every Kid in Grand Junction Colorado Loved

If you grew up around here, there's a strong probability you had one of these. It revolutionized the toy industry. Add the various "accessories" they eventually rolled out, and you had a phenomenon. How well do you remember this?

My poor parents. With each new stunt cycle, chopper, rocket, and action playset, the wish list got longer.

I believe there may be a number of simple explanations for why this toy was so popular around Grand Junction:

  • We have plenty of space in Grand Junction, lots of room for a toy such as this
  • The natural terrain in Grand Junction offers plenty of jumps and "canyons"
  • Kids in the area were exposed to motorcycles early on, with many developing an early interest

A Few Favorites Out of Grand Junction Colorado

You shared a number of fascinating favorites from the past. Some of these I hadn't thought of in years. How well do you remember this one?

Here's another I'm sure you'll recall. I played this game for the first time at the age of 48. I played against my friend's three-year-old grandson.

These Were Grand Junction Colorado's Favorite Toys When We Were Growing Up

I asked on social media, " What was your favorite toy growing up?" These are some of Grand Junction's favorites.

Grand Junction Colorado Residents of the 1940s and 50s Simply Enjoying Their Lives

Enjoy this short gallery of Robert Grant photos showcasing Grand Junction residents simply enjoying their lives. These photos were selected out a batch of damaged prints and negatives. After putting these on the shelf for a few years, I felt it was time for them to see the light of day. All images are from Grand Junction, Colorado, of the 1940s and 1950s.

KEEP SCROLLING: Robert Grant Photos: Downtown Grand Junction Businesses of Yesterday

If you stop and think about it, several of the business pictured above are still up and running. Most of these photos were taken in the 1950s. Almost 70 years later, many are still going strong. Sure, some have moved to new locations, but others, Quincy's for example, are right where they've always been.

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