A Grand Junction founder's family reunites

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Jay Clayton Nichols was one of the original pioneers to settle in western Colorado, and establish the city of Grand Junction.

Friday, his descendants came to the valley from all over the world to celebrate not only their history, but the history of the Grand Valley.

“My great great grandfather was the founder of this town, and from the stories I heard, he was arrested two times trying to get to this city," said Danielle McCardle, who organized the reunion. "I’m a very driven person, so knowing that that’s where I get it, and I get it honest from him? It’s very connecting."

Nichols' granddaughter, McCardle's grandmother, also came to town. for the reunion at the Museum of Western Colorado.

Her mother was raised in the Philippines after Nichols left Grand Junction to pursue economic opportunities in sugar and logging.

She says she heard stories from her mother about her grandfather, but hearing them recited in a museum by historians was a uniquely touching experience.