Amache-Granada Relocation Center

During World War II, 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans were forced into internment camps—including one in Colorado called "Amache." Governor Ralph L. Carr took an unpopular stance, inviting Japanese Americans to stay in Colorado after the war and publicly stating his opinion that internment was unconstitutional.

The Fur Trade in Colorado: Bent's Fort

Between 1833 and 1849, weary Santa Fe Trail travelers cheered when they saw Bent's Fort - a marketplace like no other. Before Colorado was even a state, Bent's Fort was a hub of activity and a place where goods from around the world could be traded for or purchased.

Mesa Verde – Thriving Home

Like families today, Pueblo families faced daily challenges. They grew crops, raised children, and built communities. Pueblo people lived in the Mesa Verde region for hundreds of years and over many generations. While these communities thrived, eventually the rain stopped falling, social bonds became strained, and by A.D. 1300, the families in the Mesa Verde region moved further south where the Pueblos still live today.

Lincoln Hills, 1925–1965

Coloradans love the outdoors. But African Americans were once barred from leisure opportunities most whites took for granted. Explore a Rocky Mountain haven where African Americans could hike, fish, and camp—and leave discrimination behind.

Homesteading Colorado: Keota

It's 1918 and the American Dream awaits. The Homestead Act has opened large tracts of land in Colorado to families and settlers, almost for free. What was it like to homestead and settle on Colorado's eastern plains? You might be surprised! Come explore Keota, Colorado.

Ute Tribal Paths

Explore the history of the Ute people, Colorado's oldest inhabitants, history from time immemorial to the present day.

History Colorado's online exhibits were made possible in part by the generous support from:
BP America, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Xcel Energy and the Martin J and Mary Ann O'Fallon Fund.