Grand Junction Colorado Bars That Were Too Much Fun: Part II
Did you ever burn through a paycheck at Cahoots in Grand Junction, Colorado? How about Gators or The Branding Iron?
Taking It To Social Media
I posted the following social engagement question on Facebook last Friday:
Why A Part II?
After posting this question on Facebook, the answers came pouring in. So many replies rolled in it was necessary to create a second gallery.
Good Old Friends Back In The Day
Back in the day, people used to hang out at the Flamingo (or the Pink Flamingo), the Jungle Bar at the Cafe Caravan, or maybe at The Outpost. You might even spend an evening or two at The Roundup, Jake and Mary's Colorado Club, Cheers, or Jumpin' Jimmy's Lounge (J.J.'s).
These Clubs Really Did Exist
Back in the mid-1970s, my family would hang out at the Jungle Bar at the Cafe Caravan on 1st Street in Grand Junction. Don't ask me what I was doing there, I would have been five years old. Nevertheless, my parents would take me to see Ralph N' Clyde at the Jungle Bar.
As I recall, Clyde Jorgensen once told me that he and Ralph briefly owned a bar, the Silver Fox.
The Grand Junction Triangle
Back in the day, you had what many of us called "The Grand Junction Triangle." I'm pretty sure law enforcement officers used to call it that, too.
The intersection of 30 Road and I-70B was home to a number of clubs. On the southwest corner, you had The Rose. On the southeast corner, you would find Gators. On the northwest corner was J.J.'s Lounge. J.J. stood for "Jumpin' Jimmy," a.k.a. Jimmy Rose.
The Rose ran bands five, sometimes six nights per week. J.J.'s Lounge ran bands five nights per week, Wednesday through Sunday. Gators occasionally ran bands. If you made the rounds through the Grand Junction Triangle and found yourself wanting more fun, you could head about a mile east and visit The Outpost.
The Pink Flamingo
Most people simply referred to it as "The Flamingo." This one could be found at 2nd and Colorado. Ralph N' Clyde played there for a decade or two. As a matter of fact, they were included in some scenes of a movie filmed at the Flamingo.
Personally, I never set foot in the Flamingo. I did, however, know the proprietor. Hazel Jensen was my next-door neighbor when I was little. It's my understanding she was a tough cookie, and I mean that in a good way. To this day I still hear legends of the Flamingo.
The Reverse R Bar (Double R Bar), Cahoots, Whiskey River, Jake and Mary's Colorado Club, the original Cruisers when it was on North Avenue, Bourbon Street, the Silver Fox, The Roundup, Jimmy's Roadhouse, Cheers, The Ocelot Club (thank you, Huey, for reminding us of that one), and more. They were all fun back in the day. Here's a look at more of your favorites.