Glenwood Springs in Garfield County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Healthy Atmosphere Rehabilitated Soldiers
World War II brought sweeping social changes to Glenwood Springs as tourism, its prime industry, declined. The Hotel Colorado, the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, and the Vapor Cave saw marked declines in patronage during these years.
However with the war came the need for soldier rehabilitation facilities. The United States Navy sought out places where hospitals could be established. These hospitals aimed to restore “war-damaged minds and bodies" in a place providing a healthful atmosphere. The U.S. Navy found such a place in Glenwood Springs with the Hotel Colorado and the pool facilities.
The facilities required considerable renovations in preparation for the thousands of patients who would be coming for treatment. The renovated hotel's space contained two large wards with single hospital beds and an operating room. This new hospital facility could accommodate 660 patients, including 20 officers. Additionally, the bath house was converted to living quarters for 100 hospital corpsmen and the pool was converted to a hydrotherapy unit. The vapor cave became the physical therapy department.
The first patients arrived at the Naval Convalescent Hospital on July 1, 1943. From that date to Dec. 31, 1945, 6,525 patients received treatment there. Some of them stayed to make
We have specialized in human restoration. Yampah, newspaper of the United States Special Hospital, February 14, 1946
The United States Naval Convalescent Hospital was established in the Hotel Colorado to rehabilitate soldiers suffering the effects World War II.
Right: The 1944 hospital staff.
Erected 2012 by Frontier Historical Society.
Location. 39° 32.796′ N, 107° 19.473′ W. Marker is in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in Garfield County. Marker is at the intersection of 8th Street and Grand Avenue, on the right when traveling east on 8th Street. Touch for map. Located on the side of the Glenwood Chamber Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 802 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs CO 81601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. CCC Men Built Improvements for Glenwood (here, next to this marker); "The First National Bank Building" (here, next to this marker); David Delaplane, Father of Colorado Mountain College (here, next to this marker); Immigrants Found Future in Colorado (a few steps from this marker); When Snow Slides Closed the Canyon (a few steps from this marker); And Devereux Said Unto Glenwood, "Let There Be Light" (a few steps from this marker); Water for Glenwood Springs (a few steps from this marker); When the Railroads Arrived in Glenwood Springs (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glenwood Springs.
Also see . . . U.S. Naval Convalescent Hospital Glenwood Springs, Colo. - Of Ships and Surgeons blog. (Submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.