Cross Orchards Historic Site, Grand Junction

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Cross Orchards Historic Site is a living history museum located in Grand Junction, Colorado. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The Orchards are known for showing how life was on an orchard at the turn of the twentieth century and is considered living history as it is still worked and cultivated regularly. It features a workers' bunkhouse, blacksmith shop, country store, and a collection of vintage farming equipment.

The site includes farm equipment, implements and tools, a period farmhouse, a recreated train depot and Uintah Railway exhibit with railroad cars, an engine and caboose, and historic horse-drawn road-building equipment. It is also home to the largest collection of Uintah Railway cars on the Colorado western slope.
At its peak the orchard produced 22,000 apple trees over a 243-acre (0.98 km2) orchard. It is considered the largest orchard for the time in western Colorado. The only land left today is now a 24-acre (97,000 m2) site. The farm is also known to feature celebrations at harvest time where they show the public how apple cider was made.
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  • Such a cool place for family from youngest to oldest. Between the working farm experience and the train cars the model train display is amazing. Everyone will have a good time at this whistle stop!  more »
  • This was my first trip to Cross Ochards. I only spent an hour there, but could have spent several hours! They have information about the Cross Orchard as the name implies, but a lot more also about....  more »
  • Fabulous Farmer's Market. Great people. Really look around, then go shop. Prices vary. But can't go wrong plus your helping out local farmers. A win/win!
  • Great place! Kids loved it. Loved the train ride and the included scavenger hunt, the real train cars, and the model train villages. People and place are spectacular!

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