120 years: 1942

A migrant camp for orchard workers is shown with Mount Garfield in the background.

Colorado contributes to the war effort in many ways. Colorado Springs becomes the site of Camp Carson and Peterson Army Air Base. Construction begins on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Camp Hale and Buckley Field.

The Granada War Relocation Center is opened for Japanese-American internees at Camp Amache in southeastern Colorado, while in the Grand Valley, Japanese families are encouraged to come from California to help with the labor shortage in the orchards.

Grand Junction Municipal Airport is renamed Walker Field in honor of Daily Sentinel Publisher Walter Walker, who helped finance and gather business support for the airport.

The Western Colorado Boy Scout Council is formed.

Residents flock to the Mesa, Avalon, Mission and Kiva theaters to see the premieres of “Bambi,” “Casablanca” and newsreels depicting the war, the death of actress Carole Lombard in a plane crash, the opening of the Grand Coulee Dam and scenes of the new Alaska Highway.

To view an ongoing photo gallery of The Daily Sentinel’s 120 years project, go to GJSentinel.com.


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