Two weekends ago I spent a fun-filled day pulling weeds and shoveling dirt in 104 degrees Western Colorado heat. Those events reminded me of some Robert Grant photos of Grand Junction area farmers and growers working away in the hot sunshine.

Take a trip back in time to the Grand Valley of the 1940s through the 1980s with these photos from late Daily Sentinel photographer Robert Grant. Keep a sharp eye out, you might recognize some of the faces in these shots.

Random Images Across 40 Years

The gallery below consists of photos selected at random from Bob Grant's collection. Not a single one of these prints included a date of information about those pictured. That's part of the fun of putting together these galleries - getting them in front of the public and finding out who these people are.

Judging by those photographed, it appears this gallery includes photos from the 1950s through the early 1980s. The bell-bottom pants are a dead giveaway when it comes to the shots taken in the 1970s.

Do You Recognize Anyone?

One of my agendas in life is to identify those pictured in Bob Grant's photos. The photos I publish in the posts are from his personal collection and not those used during his career at the Daily Sentinel. When I inherited his collection, the photos came to me in cardboard boxes and dozens of file cabinets. They were in no particular order and came with no information as to those pictured or the dates. It's fun to get these out in front of people, and when possible, get the prints to those pictured or their families.

Bob Grant's Trademark

You'll definitely recognize the surroundings. Bob loved capturing Western Colorado icons in the shot. Whenever possible, he'd get Mt. Garfield in the background. If Mt. Garfield weren't available, he'd get the Bookcliffs, Grand Mesa, or even the Colorado National Monument.

Western Colorado Growers and Farmers of Yesterday - Robert Grant Photos

Various shots of Western Colorado peach growers and farmers from the 1940s to the 1980s.

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