Take a Look at the Presidential Campaign in Grand Junction 70 years Ago
Grand Junction residents came out by the thousands to catch a glimpse of Donald Trump during a recent campaign stop in Grand Junction. Some people went out in hopes of catching a look at his jet. What did a Presidential campaign stop in Grand Junction look like in simpler times?
A young Robert Grant was in attendance at the railroad yards in Grand Junction when Harry S. Truman literally "rolled" through town for a campaign whistle-stop. No jets, news cameras (aside from his) or social media. In this case, news reports came courtesy of a camera, a radio station (note the KFXJ flag draped over the back of the train) and eye witness accounts.
Per my count, using the crude method of counting people one by one, I estimate there to be roughly 200 people in the frame of the picture. I can't help but think that represents the entire crowd in attendance.
My favorite shot? The one including the crowd. Look through the photo and see how many people you can spot who aren't wearing shoes. How many look as though they came to the campaign stop straight from the farm? I don't mean to be rude, but how many appear as though they haven't had a bath for at least a week?
Per my estimates, I see exactly one police officer between the crowd and Truman. Do you see Walter Walker on the train right next to Truman?
This campaign stop on September 21, 1948, was one of many conducted from the back of Truman's railroad car. He had visited the Front Range the day before and set out for stops in Utah following his stop in Grand Junction.
Is it just me, or is there something to be said for these photos? I don't see any anger. Isn't it great to see a crowd of people watching and listening as opposed to holding up a cell phone?
With the election close at hand, perhaps there are a few things we could learn from these photos.