Hello everyone, today I will be giving you all a WW2 effects near and dear to my heart, about the beautiful state of Colorado. Colorado is one of only 3 states I have ever lived in. I lived in Monument, Colorado (just 20 minutes outside of Colorado Springs) from 2004-2010, and it was a fantastic 6 years. The Recession back in 2008 is the primary reason why we left (Dad was let go, and found a great job here in AZ), but ever since 2010, we've visited every 2 years and will be going back again this summer. Even though I've spent just about 8 years here in Arizona, Colorado in many ways is my state. I am extremely proud of the states history, (not just WW2) and I really enjoyed learning more about the states contribution in the second World War. Previous WW2 effects: Illinois http://ww2f.com/threads/ww2-effects-illinois.70504/#post-820454 Colorado Pre-WW2 Colorado before WW2 was an up and coming state in the Southwest with a population of 1.3 million (75% of which lived in small towns and ranches). With few gold and silver deposits, Colorado's main source of income was (and still is) agriculture. Colorado's unique geography made it so that a vast quantity of good could be grown and harvested. Unfortunately, Colorado's agricultural economy took a massive hit with both the depression and the Dust bowl. Hundreds of farms and ranches were subsequently foreclosed, and unemployment was severe throughout the 30's. Denver was trying to replicate the diversity and size of other Western cities like San Francisco and Seattle by making a vast amount of factories and plants. Colorado WW2 Immediately prior to WW2 in 1940, Colorado began ramping up production in all sectors for potential war, and Butts Army airfield was constructed. With the start of WW2 for the U.S, Colorado's production exploded. Millions upon millions of rifle and Artillery rounds were made in Denver. Colorado's agricultural department reported in the early 2000's that production during WW2 was the most productive and successful period (1941-1945) in Colorado's long Agricultural existence. Various units and military branches set up training units to Colorado. The U.S Alpine troops trained at combat skiing in Aspen, while tanks and vehicles trained in the sand dunes. Along with training facilities, Colorado housed multiple POW camps (mostly Germans), and unfortunately, Japanese-American interment camps. Camp Amache was among the largest, housing at one point 7,000 Americans unjustly. Located in Granada, in the Far eastern part of the state, Camp Amache (A place I managed to visit in 2007) would not be a pleasant place to be interned. Colorado Post WW2 Colorado came out of the conflict forever changed, along with the nearly 250,000 Coloradan's who fought in the war. 2,697 citizens of the state were killed during the war. The state not only recovered from the dust bowl and the depression, but rebounded in an astonishing fashion. Denver came out of the conflict bigger and more modern than ever. Small towns became considerably more urbanized, and modernized over time. The state as a whole has been a hot spot for tourism and large companies. In 1954, the Air Force academy was established a few miles south of Pikes Peak, and only about a 30 minute drive from where I lived.