These 14 Historic Pictures Show Colorado During Times Of War
We live in uncertain times, thanks to the pandemic, political unrest, and, now, war. Obviously, none of these things are new or necessarily unique, but we wanted to look back at Colorado during other times of war to see what the state and its people looked like and what they did:
1. World War I may have been occurring thousands of miles away, but the repercussions could be felt everywhere, including here in Colorado, which sent over many of our bravest men.
2. A few soldiers took the time to strike a pose in Denver before heading overseas to fight in the war (sometime between 1914 and 1918).
3. Even 100+ years ago, animals (especially dogs!) were Coloradan's best friends.
4. While the state was different in several aspects, it remained the same in others, like the meeting of the Colorado Mountain Club (c. 1915).
5. Troops from Camp Hale (10th Mountain Division) in Leadville train and prepare to head to Europe at the beginning of World War II.
6. What's the old saying about all work and no play? It applied to the gentlemen with the 10th Mountain Division, too!
7. While the men were away during World War II, women stepped up and stepped into less traditional roles, including machinists.
8. During World War II, thousands of Japanese Americans were relocated to the Granada War Relocation Center (or Camp Amache), a Japanese American concentration camp located in southeast Colorado.
9. Japanese Americans waiting to board the bus to the expansive Camp Amache.
10. Shortly after World War II, Japanese soldiers from Colorado traveled to D.C. to demonstrate in support of a bill to change the country's immigration laws.
11. Even after the war, Japanese Americans had difficulty securing housing, with the pictured family of a World War II veteran being banned from moving to specific neighborhoods in Denver.
12. Like all war times, the Vietnam War brought tons of uncertainty and political unrest to the entire country, with frequently staged protests and demonstrations at places like the Colorado Capitol Building.
13. Not only was the War being protested, but other causes, too, like that of the American Indian Movement. Here, we see American Indian Movement (AIM) leader and co-founder Dennis Banks and labor leader and activist Cesar Chavez speaking in Denver.
14. Another movement at the time was the Crusade for Justice, a Chicano civil rights organization that took to the streets in 1974.
As always, thank you to our friends at History Colorado for sharing these incredible pictures! For even more fascinating Centennial State history, check out these
11 Insane Things That Happened In Colorado You Won’t Find in History Books.
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