Seven Facts You May or May Not Know About Fruita Colorado
Nestled just west of Grand Junction, Colo., rests the small town of Fruita. First settled by a couple in 1882, it's grown into one of Colorado best tourist destinations.
After digging into Fruita's history, we've found some interesting facts about the small town.
Here are seven things you may or may not know about Fruita.
In 1886, farmers in the area could buy 5 acres, 200 fruit trees and water for $500.
The first residents in Fruita were Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lapham lived in a pre-existing dirt floor cabin with a blanket door in 1882.
When the town was founded by William E. Pabor, he included a provision where alcohol couldn't be produced or sold in the town. That law stayed in effect until it was voted out in the 1970s.
Fruita is rich in ancient fossils. In 1900, Elmer Riggs found the first-known Brachiosaurus in an area now known as Riggs Hill.
Not to be outdone by the first dinosaur remains. Fruita has two dinosaurs named after the town. The first, the Fruitadens was found in the 1970s and 1980s. The second, the Fruitafossor was found in 2005.
After his owner cut off his head, Mike the Headless Chicken lived for 18 months. Mike became an infamous side-show freak.
Fruita hosts miles and miles of premier mountain bike trails. The most famous, the Kokopelli trail starts in Fruita and continues 142 miles to Moab, Utah.