You've probably heard the buzz about a famous Grand Junction dairy offering free ice cream this Thursday (April 16) from noon until 2 p.m. There used to be another famous dairy in the valley. Do you remember the old Rose Glen Dairy?

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The photos are from the construction of Clymer's Rose Glen Dairy at Santa Clara Avenue and Clymer Way in Orchard Mesa back in December 1947.

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According to his obituary in the Daily Sentinel, Dudley Clymer became President and General Manager of the Rose Glen Dairy in the early 1950s. He later sold the company in 1975. The drive-in had closed a number of years earlier

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From what I'm hearing, those who visited Clymer's Rose Glen Dairy and Clymer's Drive-In considered them to be THE places to go. My buddy Kurt says he practically lived there.

Retired Grand Junction firefighter Wayne Marks says he used to go to Clymer's Drive-In back in the late 1950's to get their "Ten hamburgers for $1.00." That's right, ten hamburgers for one dollar.

Wouldn't it be great if we could bring this dairy back, too? Orchard Mesa could use an awesome locally owned drive-in. For that matter, while it's not likely to happen, we could really use 10 hamburgers for a dollar.

I'm embarrassed to say this, but I have yet to visit the Graff Dairy since they reopened. I drive right past it several times each week, but I have yet to visit. I love what they are doing for Western Colorado residents, especially this promotion they're running tomorrow (Thursday, April 16).

I'll make a point to visit Graff Dairy. This town was jumping for joy a few years ago when word got out they were going to reopen. Perhaps we could motivate someone to reopen the Rose Glen Dairy. It's worth a shot.

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