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Glenwood Springs in Garfield County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Healthy Atmosphere Rehabilitated Soldiers

 
 
Healthy Atmosphere Rehabilitated Soldiers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2018
1. Healthy Atmosphere Rehabilitated Soldiers Marker
Inscription.  
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.
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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 Glenwood Springs their new home.

We have specialized in human restoration. Yampah, newspaper of the United States Special Hospital, February 14, 1946

Photo captions:
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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryNotable PlacesScience & MedicineWar, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is February 14, 1946.
 
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. Located on the side of the Glenwood Chamber Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 802 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs CO 81601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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"
Healthy Atmosphere Rehabilitated Soldiers Marker is third from right. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2018
2. Healthy Atmosphere Rehabilitated Soldiers Marker is third from right.
(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.
 
"Bath House and Warm Water Swimming Pool, U.S. Convalescent Hospital" image. Click for more information.
via Of Ships and Surgeons, unknown
3. "Bath House and Warm Water Swimming Pool, U.S. Convalescent Hospital"
Of Ships and Surgeons website entry
(Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama; July 21, 2018) .
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   3. submitted on May 11, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.

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