Illustrating the beginning of Palisade’s century-old peach growing industry, Historic Palisade Coloring Books were presented to fourth grade students at Caprock Academy for the fourth consecutive year through the generosity of the Palisade Sunrise Rotary Club. Members Scott Holzschuh, Juliann Adams and Brian Moffet attended the January presentation along with Palisade High School students Cheyenne Stice, Hunter Rathbone, Josh May and Cally Gilson, members of Interact at Palisade High School. Students from all three Caprock Academy fourth grades and their teachers, Zema Chambers, Natalie Lyons and Ruth Averna were invited to ask questions of long time Palisade residents and Historical Society board members Bill Beckwith, Doris Butler and Priscilla Walker following the presentation.

The students learned more about Palisade’s interesting history as part of their local history curriculum. For this, the third printing of the coloring book, the Sunrise Club also enlisted financial support from the Grand Junction Downtown Rotary Club and Rotary International District 5470 with a matching grant. This support allows the Historical Society to provide the coloring books at no cost to area elementary schools in District 51. Palisade Historical Coloring Books are also available for sale at the Historical Society Office.

Mrs Averna and her Caprock Academy 4th Grade Class

Mrs. Lyons and her Caprock Academy fourth grade class

Mrs Averna and her Caprock Academy 4th Grade Class

Mrs. Averna and her Caprock Academy fourth grade class


The mission of the Palisade Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and communicate the unique history of Palisade, Colorado, and to foster, encourage, stimulate, and develop public appreciation of this history. It became a non-profit organization in March 2010.

The Palisade Historical Society’s History Center is located at 311 South Main Street is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by appointment.  Current displays include items from the Cameo coal mine, peach processing equipment, Western Slope fruit labels, items from Congressman Wayne N. Aspinall, photographs, a DVD about Palisade in 1904, and other photos from the collection.

If you want to volunteer, participate as a sponsor, or provide an information  booth for your organization at this historically important birthday party June 27, 2015, please contact the Palisade Historical Society at (970) 464-2177.

Everyone is invited to become a member of the Palisade Historical Society, volunteer on a committee, and make tax-deductible donations. Annual memberships start at $25.00 for individuals, $50 for families, $100 for businesses, and $500 for patrons. Make checks payable to the Palisade Historical Society, and mail to P.O. Box 631, Palisade, CO   81526.