The history of Fort Carson began with Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Less than one month later on January 6, 1942, it was announced that Colorado Springs had been selected as the site for an army camp. On February 22, 1942, Colorado Springs newspapers reported that the installation would be named Camp Carson in honor of Brigadier General Christopher “Kit” Carson, the famous frontiersman. Camp Carson continued to grow and on August 27, 1954, it became Fort Carson. And then, in September of 1983, Fort Carson expanded by acquiring Pinon Canyon. To learn more about Fort Carson, visit the 4th Infantry Division Museum located outside of the main gate on highway 115 or call 719.524.0915.
One of the Army’s youngest installations, Fort Carson, the Mountain Post, is a proud Army post located on the southwest side of Colorado Springs, Colorado, between Interstate 25 and Highway 115 in El Paso county. Fort Carson is one of the premier locations to lead, train, and maintain while preparing soldiers to win on the battlefield. The area provides some of the most beautiful scenery and outdoor recreational opportunities in America.
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