Camp George West Historic District

Address15000 S. Golden Rd., Golden 80401
QuadMorrison, 1965 (1994)
SectionS36, T4S, R70W; S1, T4S, R70W
Elevationc. 5760-6000
Source"Colorado Transcript" May 3, 1934; Colorado Historical Society, "Directory of State Register Places," p. 97; State InventoryForm #30/02/0053, Connie Fahnstock, 1975, Hiwan Homestead Museum.
OtherRifle Range
Initialdate1998-10-21 00:00:00-06
Latestdate1998-12-08 00:00:00-07
HistoryThe first land utilized for this property was purchased from Moses Wyman on Dec. 14, 1906. He was paid $4000 for 75 acres. This area has been added to considerably until now the property contains 670 acres. The encampment was originally called the Colorado National Guard Rifle Range. It was established as a permanent camp of instruction and served as a training camp in World War I. Cavalry was stationed at the camp until it was phased out in 1929 for mechanized artillery. It was officially designated "Camp George West" on May 1, 1934, by order of Colorado's Adjutant General, Neil West Kimball, grandson of George West, a Golden pioneer newspaperman who founded the Golden Transcript in 1866. Many people remembered the camp as the headquarters for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The 74 buildings on the property are of all descriptions. The older buildings are washed cobblestone, the newer ones of various types of construction. The facility is presently used by numerous state agencies, plus the Colorado National Guard. This property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places (5JF145) on February 11, 1993.