More than ten presidents have visited Grand Junction for a variety of reasons from the campaign trail, to leisure.
This includes Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan. Barack Obama, Donald Trump and John F. Kennedy for would-be-presidents on the campaign trail.
Senator John F. Kennedy even visited the KREX5 Studio in 1959 for a question and answer segment after declaring his run for the presidency.
“Eisenhower was the first one to fly in to town, make a speech as what was then Walker Airport, and then fly out. That’s also something that Reagan did, it’s also something that Obama did, as a President, and then most recently Donald Trump’s airplane stopped by the airport”, says Peter Booth the Executive Director of Museums Of The West.
This list continues with many presidents finding leisure in the Grand Valley with some bringing changes here that have positively impacted the area.
This includes former President Taft’s irrigation proposal which brought more agriculture to the land thanks to more readily available water for crops.
Here’s the full list of Presidents visiting the Grand Valley, provided by Museums Of The West:
- William Taft
- Herbert Hoover while he was a geologist and with the Colorado River Compact
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
- Harry Truman (once as a candidate and once as President)
- John F. Kennedy (as a senator)
- Gerald Ford
- Ronald Reagan (candidate)
- George H.W. Bush
- Barak Obama (candidate)
- Donald Trump (candidate)