Press Release

Fort Garland Celebrates 161st Anniversary

FORT GARLAND, Colo. (June 19, 2019) – History Colorado invites the community to a special celebration at the Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center on Monday, June 24, to celebrate the 161st anniversary of the founding of the Fort in 1858. The museum will offer free admission and 10% off gift shop purchases all day long. All visitors are welcome.

On June 24, 1858, army personnel stationed at Fort Massachusetts moved south to the site of Fort Garland, where they became the first active military personnel stationed at the Fort. The museum and cultural center stands on the site of this historic outpost, and utilizes many of the original adobe buildings, which have been preserved and maintained.

Fort Garland is an important piece of Colorado heritage, with an incredible history. It was commanded for a time by legendary frontiersmen Kit Carson, and has long served as a cultural centerpiece of the San Luis Valley. It protected the earliest settlers in the valley, and still serves their descendants as a place of learning, education, and heritage.

To celebrate 161 years of Fort Garland, the museum is not only offering free admission to all guests as well as discount on gift shop purchases, but also will be providing free lunch and dessert. Hot dogs, drinks, and birthday cake will be served to residents and visitors without charge between 11 am and 1 pm.

About History Colorado
History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. We serve as the state’s memory, preserving the places, stories and material culture of Colorado through the History Colorado Center and statewide Community Museums, educational programs, historic preservation grants, research library, collections and outreach to Colorado communities. Visit, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.

Zach Werkowitch
Community Relations Manager
719-583-0453 |