Chuck Wagon Cafe: Old School Grand Junction Cafe Made Up of Huts
The Chuck Wagon Cafe was located on North Avenue near 3rd Street in the 1950s. The cafe on North Avenue in Grand Junction was made up of two Quonset huts.
The Chuck Wagon Cafe was located at 261 Avenue, which is near the intersection of North and 3rd, according to the Historical Photos of Fruita & Western Colorado Facebook page. The Chuck Wagon Cafe was open in Grand Junction from 1951-1956.
The cafe was advertised as a tourist attraction and was opened and operated by Irene Evelyn Felmlee. According to the Historical Photos of Fruita & Western Colorado Facebook page, the Chuck Wagon Cafe was probably owned by her husband, Bill.
The Chuck Wagon Cafe was made up of two Quonset huts put together, which created two rooms. The two rooms in the cafe were the Gun Room and the Lariat Room. Quonset huts became very popular after WWII because they were in great supply.
According to the Historical Photos of Fruita & Western Colorado Facebook page, the Quonset huts were insulated and had wooden walls and floors. The Quonset huts were used as all sorts of buildings following the war. The Quonset huts were used for buildings like the Chuck Wagon Cafe, college dorms, houses, and more.
The Quonset huts are still made today and you can see still some here in the Grand Valley. If you know where a Quonset hut is, like the ones you see in the picture below, in the Grand Valley, let us know in the comments.