Heart-Pounding Action of Greyhound Racing at Colorado’s Uranium Downs
What would people do for fun in Grand Junction, Colorado on a July evening in 1957? They'd head out to Western Colorado's Uranium Downs for the Greyhound races.
If you've lived in Grand Junction long you know all about the horse races at Uranium Downs. Did you know about the Greyhound races? This looks to have been a big deal back in the day.
Good Times at Grand Junction's Uranium Downs
Pictured below are pages from the program for Greyhound races from the evening of Tuesday, July 9, 1957, and Grand Junction's Uranium Downs. Post time was 8 p.m., rain or shine. This looks to have been the sixth night of the 45-day season for the year 1957.
According to the racing schedule, "There will be Greyhound Racing at Uranium Downs five nights each week, TUESDAY through SATURDAY, through Labor Day, Sept. 12." The program adds ten races will be held each night except for Saturday when 11 races were to be featured. Post times for the entire 45-day racing season was 8 p.m.
Featured Contestants For The Night
Some of the racers for the evening of Tuesday, July 9, 1957, included:
- Irish Ghost
- Pageant Doll
- Sharp Princess
- Stagger Juice
- Arizona Sunshine
- Big Thrills
Some Highlights From the 1957 Season In Grand Junction, Colorado
In addition to the Greyhound races, Uranium Downs hosted a number of related events:
- Uranium Downs Derby
- Uranium Down Puppy Derby
- Labor Day Special
- Au Revoir Special
- Handicapper's Contest
- Hotel-Motel Championship
Check Out the Ads
Part of the fun with this 1957 program would be the local advertisements. When was the last time you hung out at Grand Junction's Frank's Lounge, offering the finest food and cocktails, and Western Colorado's largest ballroom just two miles west on Highway 6 & 50?
If you were visiting from out of town, you might want to stay at the Athens Motor Hotel with 20 ultra-modern units, now featuring air-conditioning! This hotel was located at 2nd and Rood in Grand Junction. In 1957 it must have been a classy place. When I was growing up in the 70s and 80s it was the hotel where all the hookers would hang out.
Scroll through the gallery below and see some of the fun and excitement residents used to enjoy in Grand Junction in 1957.
Greyhound Racing at Grand Junction Colorado's Uranium Downs
- LaCourt Hotel at 2nd and Main
- Mesa Drug Co. at 400 Main
- City Magazine & Book Shop at 644 Main
- Campus Drug Store at 1002 North Avenue
- Christenson's Drug 1620 U.U. Highway 50