(Text courtesy of The Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County. Photo via Colorado Public Radio Health News)

Listed in 2013 as one of Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s Most Endangered Places, “Fort Lyon exemplifies Colorado’s rich cultural heritage for its association with Native Americans during the earliest period of the fort’s operation beginning in 1867; its association with African Americans, specifically the Buffalo Soldiers, all black units, of the 10th Cavalry stationed at Fort Lyon in the late 1860s and 1870s; and for its association with those of European ancestry, when the fort was used to treat World War I German naval prisoners suffering from tuberculosis.”

The architecture includes some of the oldest existing residential buildings in Colorado, with the Fort Lyon Officers' Row constructed circa 1868. The south sides of the buildings typically have screened porches facing the Parade Grounds which were installed during the Navy's occupation of the grounds. In 1922 the Veterans’ Administration assumed control of the facility, expanding the complex and opening it to all active and retired military personnel and their families.

The current Fort Lyon facility is architecturally significant for its set of standardized VA hospital buildings.  Constructed during the period 1929-1945, these building types are best expressed in the group of multi-story Georgian Rival style, brick buildings adjacent to the Parade Ground.”

Join us as we travel by motor coach to the southeast corner of Colorado to view the Fort Lyon campus, led by Bent County Commissioner Bill Long and Colorado Preservation, Inc. Founder and Executive Director Roxanne Eflin.  We will stop for coffee in Colorado Springs which will include a brief look at the restored courthouse downtown.  Later we will enjoy box lunches prepared fresh by The Barista in La Junta, included in the tour price.

BOARD the MOTOR COACH at 8:00am


Location:  Meet the Motor Coach at 7:50am for an 8:00am departure in the ample parking lot near the yellow “butter sticks” sculpture at the Denver Design District, 595 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80209.  The tour will be traveling to Colorado Springs, La Junta, and Fort Lyon in Las Animas, returning to the Denver Design District at 6:00pm.

On the way down, the tour will stop briefly in downtown Colorado Springs for coffee & pastry at The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

Cost:  $25 for current ICAA, Historic Denver, or Colorado Preservation, Inc. members.  $30 for non-members. 

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