Near Commerce City in Adams County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
In 1942, women and men of the U.S. Army built this Arsenal that helped achieve victory in WWII and the Cold War. With thanks to our partners, the U.S. Army, Shell Oil Company and their contractors, we dedicate this flagpole to the employees of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal who worked to heal and restore this land as a legacy for future generations.
April 17, 2004
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Erected 2004 by U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Location. 39° 49.298′ N, 104° 51.87′ W. Marker is near Commerce City, Colorado, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Havana Street (Wildlife Drive) 0.6 miles north of East 64th Avenue (Wildlife Drive), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located adjacent to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Contact Station parking lot, about 1.8 miles from the Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Commerce City CO 80022, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Fourteeners (approx. 1.6 miles away); Habitat for Wildlife - A Rich History (approx. 1.6 miles Early Years of Statehood (approx. 1.6 miles away); Where's the Water? (approx. 1.6 miles away); WWI Medical Staff Memorial (approx. 5.3 miles away); Charles Kelly Boulevard (approx. 5˝ miles away); Sharon A. Lane Drive (approx. 5.6 miles away); Civil War Artillery (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Commerce City.
More about this marker. Marker is a large metal plaque mounted at ground level on a large boulder. Marker is at site of building that was a Rocky Mountain Arsenal U.S. Army support facility.
Also see . . .
1. Rocky Mountain Arsenal: About the Refuge. As production declined at war's end, a portion of the idle facilities were leased to Shell Chemical Co. for the production of agricultural chemicals. The Arsenal was later used for Cold-War weapons production and demilitarization. In the early 1980s, the Army and Shell began an extensive environmental cleanup under the oversight of federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. The Arsenal’s cleanup program was completed in 2010 and the Refuge has reached its final size of 15,000 acres making (Submitted on June 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Army Rocky Mountain Arsenal. Known today as an urban national wildlife refuge, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal traces its beginnings to the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, which brought the United States into World War II. The U.S. Army constructed the Arsenal in 1942 to develop chemical weapons as a deterrent against the Axis Powers. The U.S. Army selected 17,000 acres of farm land just 10 miles northeast of Denver in Commerce City, Colorado, as the site of the new Arsenal. The U.S. Army later reactivated Arsenal facilities for Cold-War weapons production and demilitarization. The Arsenal also played a role in America’s space exploration by manufacturing the rocket fuel used to power the Apollo 11 flights. (Submitted on June 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The Rocky Mountain Arsenal was built in 1942 to manufacture chemical weapons. A portion of the site was leased to private industry in 1946 for petroleum production and agricultural and industrial chemical manufacturing. When the American chemical weapons program was shut down after the Vietnam War, the RMA served as a site for dismantling and disposing of these weapons. The Shell Oil Company also used a portion of the site in (Submitted on June 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Environment • Parks & Recreational Areas • War, Cold • War, World II •
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