Grand Junction citizens are jumping for joy over the news of Uber arriving in Mesa County. Uber, a smartphone app, connects those in need of a ride with local drivers. It's convenient, fast, and very state of the art. What did people in Grand Junction do when they needed a ride in, let's say, 1948?

In 1948, you called Hasty Cab. Locally owned and operated by Russel and Audrey Grant as far back as the 1930s, Hasty Cab was there when you needed them.

Robert Grant

You'll note a total of seven cabs in the photo above. Grand Junction boasted a population of 14,504 in 1950, just two years after this photo was taken. Assuming this is the entire fleet of Hasty cabs, that comes in at roughly one cab for ever 2,000 residents. To put this in perspective, New York City averages one cab for every 600 residents. Not bad, Grand Junction.

Later on, circa the 1950s, if you needed a ride, you called 57 Cab Company. According to the Daily Sentinel, 57 Cab Company was located at 545 Colorado Avenue in Grand Junction.

Robert Grant

Things were a little different in Grand Junction in the 1940s and 50s. You didn't go to a smartphone and go to an app. If you wanted to reach Hasty, you called the operator and asked for 2100. No credit cards, no Google Maps just a person on the other end of the phone.