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State Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home

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  • Old Barracks

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    The State Soldiers' and Sailors' Home near Monte Vista was established in 1889 and opened in 1891, when the original hospital and barracks was built.
    Old Barracks
  • Dairy Barn

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    After the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home faced a financial crisis in the 1890s, it started to make itself more self-sufficient, in part by establishing an agricultural operation to provide the home with food and income. The home's dairy cows were highly regarded.
    Dairy Barn
  • Infirmary

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    In 1928 the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home added a new infirmary to improve the home's medical care. At the time, the infirmary was one of the best medical facilities in the San Luis Valley.
  • Soldiers' and Sailors' Home

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    During the early twentieth century, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home expanded significantly with new cottages, apartments, and administrative buildings. The grounds were planted with trees, making it a pleasant place for Monte Vista families to have a picnic.
    Soldiers' and Sailors' Home



David Migoya, “Veterans’ Home a ‘Disgrace,’” Denver Post, May 27, 2007.

“Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Home,” Colorado Preservation, Endangered Places Archives.

Sarah Zaske, Daniela Caro, Marty Alexandroff, and Lynn Lohr, “State Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home,” Colorado State Register of Historic Properties Nomination Form (July 7, 1995).

Additional Information: 

Luther E. Bean, Land of the Blue Sky People (Monte Vista, CO: Monte Vista Journal, 1962).

Emma M. Riggenbach, A Bridge to Yesterday: An Early History of Monte Vista, Colorado (Monte Vista, CO: High Valley Press, 1982).

Virginia McConnell Simmons, The San Luis Valley: Land of the Six-Armed Cross, 2nd ed. (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1999).

“Veterans Community Living Center at Homelake,” Colorado Department of Human Services.