In 1921, the name of the Grand River was officially changed to the Colorado River. It’s interesting to note that Grand Junction, Grand Lake and Grand County retain the reference to the river’s former name.
In 1923, over 400 convicts from Canon City were imported to grade and gravel a new road through Glenwood Canyon as part of an effort to complete the transcontinental Pike’s Peak Ocean-to-Ocean Highway. Upon completion in 1924, the roadway connected New York City to Los Angeles. It was named for Pike’s Peak because the organization overseeing the project was based out of Colorado Springs.
One of the most exciting events for residents of Glenwood Springs during the 1920s was the filming of The Great K & A Train Robbery. The 1926 movie starred silent screen heartthrob Tom Mix and featured scenes in Glenwood Canyon and at the train depot. At the peak of his fame, Mix was the highest-paid actor in Hollywood. Also, working on The Great K & A Train Robbery movie set was a young prop man named John Wayne who would eventually replace Mix as the swaggering cowboy hero of American Western films.
Explore all of the historical things to do, learn and see in Glenwood Springs with a modern twist; there is something for everyone and a new adventure to be had every day! For more Glenwood Springs history, visit the Glenwood Springs Historical Society and Frontier Museum.