The KKK in Grand Junction

The Museums of Western Colorado’s archives are a wealth of primary source material for us to gain perspective on events of the past; and we want to provide a timeline of events from those primary sources to allow members of the community to see as complete a picture as possible of the past. We cannot ever fully understand the motivation behind a person’s actions, though the timeline of events associated with the KKK organization being part of Grand Junction’s city government is both curious and compelling. 

Can a change of heart be reflected in one’s political action?

Can politicians ever truly separate their ambitions from beliefs?

Walter Walker began working for the Daily Sentinel newspaper in 1903. He then became editor and publisher in 1911 and owned the newspaper through 1956, or throughout the course of the events on this timeline.