History Colorado is authorized to acquire on behalf of the state of Colorado sites and structures for preservation and use as historical monuments. History Colorado currently owns and maintains thirteen properties as State Historical Monuments. All of these properties are also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Fort Garland is important for its association with the settlement of the San Luis Valley and southern Colorado. Built in 1858, the fort served as a base of military operations until it was abandoned in 1883.