Historical Markers in
El Paso County, Colorado

100th Bomb Group 10th Emergency Rescue Boat Squadron 10th Fighter Commando Squadron 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron 11th Fighter Squadron 11th Air Force 11th Bombardment Group (H) 12th Bombardment Group (Medium) 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron 13th Bomb Squadron 13th Bomb Squadron Association (Korea) 15th Fighter Group • 21st Fighter Group 16th Bombardment Group (VH) • 73rd Air Service Group 16th Fighter Squadron 17th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron 18th Fighter Group • 318th Fighter Group 18th Fighter Wing 18th Pursuit and Fighter Squadron 19th Bomb Group-Wing 19th Bomb Group 19th Troop Carrier Squadron 1st Fighter Group 1st Fighter Control Squadron 20th Air Force 20th Fighter Group 21st Bombardment Squadron (H) 22nd Bomb Group (M & H) 22nd Bomb Squadron 22d Bombardment Wing (SAC) 23rd Fighter Group 25th Bomb Group (Recon, Special) 26th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron 27th Fighter Wing 27th Air Depot Group 27th Air Transport Group 27th Fighter Squadron 27th Troop Carrier Squadron 29th Bomb Group (VH) 29th Troop Carrier Squadron 2nd Bomb Wing Association 2nd Air Division 2nd Air Service Squadron 2nd Ferrying Group 301st Bombardment Group (H) 303rd Bomb Group · H · B-17 305th Bomb Group (H) 306th Bombardment Group (H) 307th Bomb Wing 308th Bomb Wing 30th Bombardment Group WWII 312th Bomb Group 313th Bomb Wing (VH) 314th Bomb Wing (VH) 315th Bombardment Wing (VH) 315th Troop Carrier Group 319th Bombardment Group 31st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron 320th Air Refueling Squadron 322nd Bomb Group (M) 323rd Bomb Group 325th Fighter Group 330th Bomb Group (VH) Association 331st Bombardment Group (VH) • 24th Air Service Group 339th Fighter Group 33rd Fighter Control Squadron 33rd Fighter Group 33rd Fighter Squadron 33rd Troop Carrier Squadron 344th Bomb Group (M) AAF 344th Fighter Squadron 345th Bombardment Group (M) 347th Fighter Squadron 34th Bombardment Group (H) 351st Bombardment Group (H) 352nd Fighter Group and 1st Service Group 354th Fighter Group 357th Fighter Group 359th Fighter Group 362nd Fighter Group 364th Fighter Group 366th Fighter Group 368th Fighter Group 36th Bombardment Squadron - H 36th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron 36th Tactical Fighter Wing 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 379th Bomb Group (H) 37th Fighter Squadron 380th Bomb Group (H) 381st Bomb Group (H) B-17 and 432nd Air Service Group 384th Bombardment Group (H) 385th Bombardment Group (H) 386th Bombardment Group (M) 38th Bomb Group 390th Bombardment Group (H) 391st Bombardment Group (Medium) 398th Bomb Group (H) 39th Bomb Group (VH) 39th Fighter Squadron 3rd Photo Reconnaisance Squadron 401st Bombardment Group (H) 404th Bombardment Squadron 405th Fighter Group 406th Bombardment Squadron (M) 406th Fighter Group 409th Bombardment Group (L) 40th Bomb Group (VH) 410th Bombardment Group (L) 414th Fighter Group • 506th Fighter Group 414th Night Fighter Group 415th Night Fighter Squadron 416th Bombardment Group (L) 416th Night Fighter Squadron 417th Bombardment Group (L) 417th Night Fighter Squadron 418th Night Fighter Squadron 419th Night Fighter Squadron 421st Night Fighter Squadron 422nd Night Fighter Squadron 425th Night Fighter Squadron 426th Night Fighter Squadron 427th Night Fighter Squadron 42nd and 54th Troop Carrier Squadrons 434th Troop Carrier Group 435th Troop Carrier Group 436th Troop Carrier Group 437th Troop Carrier Group 43rd Bombardment Wing / 305th Bombardment Wing 440th Troop Carrier Group 442nd Troop Carrier Group 444th Bombardment Group (V.H.) 447th Bomb Group 449th Bombardment Group (H) 44th Bomb Group (H) 450th Bombardment Group (H) 452nd Bombardment Group 454th Bombardment Group (H) AAF 455th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 456th Bomb Group (H) 459th Bomb Group (H) 460th Bombardment Group (H) 461st Bombardment Group (H) 462nd Bomb Group (VH) 463rd Bombardment Group (H) 464th Bomb Group (H) 466th Bomb Group (H) 468th Bomb Group (VH) 474th Fighter Group 47th Bomb Group (L) 47th Troop Carrier Squadron 483rd Bombardment Group (H) 485th Bombardment Group (H) 486th Bombardment Group (H) 48th Fighter Squadron 48th Fighter-Bomber Wing 490th Bombardment Group 490th Bombardment Squadron (M) 491st Bombardment Group (H) 492nd Bomb Group (H) & 801st Bomb Group (P) 493rd Bomb Group (H) 494th Bomb Group (H) 497th Bombardment Group (VH) 498th Bombardment Group (VH) 499th Bombardment Group (VH) 49th Fighter Squadron 49th/374th Svc Sqdns•36th HQ Sqdn•1615th Ord Co(AVN)(MM) 4th Emergency Rescue Squadron 500th Bombardment Group (VH) 501st Bombardment Group (VH) • 76th Air Service Group 502nd Bombardment Group (VH) • 75th Air Service Group 504th Bomb Group V.H. 505th Bombardment Group (VH) 507th Fighter Group 509 Composite Bomb Group • 509th Bomb Wing 50th Fighter Group 51st. Troop Carrier Wing 548th Night Fighter Squadron 549th Night Fighter Squadron 54th Fighter Group 54th Fighter Squadron 550th Night Fighter Squadron 55th Fighter Group 55th Reconnaissance Squadron 57th Bomb Wing 57th Fighter Group 58th Fighter Group/Fighter Bomber Wing 58th Bomb Wing 5th Air Force Memorial 5th Bombardment Group (H) 6147th Tactical Control Group 61St Service Squadron 64th Fighter Squadron 64th Troop Carrier Group 65th Troop Carrier Squadron 66th Troop Carrier Squadron 68th Fighter Squadron 69th Bombardment Squadron 69th Fighter/Fighter-Bomber/Tactical Fighter Squadron 6th Bomb Group (VH) 6th Night Fighter Squadron 6th Troop Carrier Squadron 71st Fighter Squadron 73rd Bomb Squadron (M) 73rd Bombardment Wing 74th Fighter Squadron 75th Fighter Squadron 76th Fighter Squadron 77th Bombardment Squadron (M) 783rd Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) 78th Fighter Group 79th Fighter Group 7th Bombardment Group 7th Photo Reconnaissance Group 801st/492nd Bomb Group 82nd Fighter Group 86th Fighter Bomber Group 89th Attack Squadron 8th Attack Squadron 8th Fighter Group 8th Fighter-Bomber Wing 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron 90th Bomb Group (H) B-24 (Jolly Rogers) 91st Troop Carrier Squadron 91st Bomb Group (H) 934th Signal Battalion 94th Bomb Group 94th Fighter Squadron 95th Bomb Group H 96 Bomb Group/Wing 97th Bomb Group (H) 98th Bomb Group 99th Bombardment Group (H) 9th Bomb Group (VH) A Look From The Top A Mountain of Many Names A New Home in the Hills A Plentiful Harvest A Priceless Gift A Priceless Gift AAF-USAF Crash Rescue Boat Assn. AAF-USAF Crash Rescue Boat Assn. Abert's Squirrel Air Forces Escape and Evasion Society Air Rescue Air Transport Command Airman and Winged Refuge Albrook and Howard Air Force Base Altus Aces American Volunteer Group An Ancient Geologic Past Army Air Corps Enlisted Pilots Association of Graduates Memorial Pavilion B-52D Stratofortress Before the Academy Berlin Airlift Veterans Bloomer Girl; A Colorado Trailblazer China-Burma-India WWII Air Campaign Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Inspiration of America the Beautiful Evergreen Cemetery Pioneers Memorial Falcon Stadium Fighting Scouts of the 8th Air Force First Air Commando Group Flying Cadet Class 41-G Flying Tigers Forest Management Forests Without Fire Forty Third Bomb Group (H) Fourth Fighter Squadron Freedom Through Vigilance Association Fuel Hazard Mitigation Garden of the Gods Park Geology Goerke & Son Photography Howard J. Withycombe Memorial Pavilion Courtyard Indian Trail Landscape Fire Ecology Memorial Pavilion Memorial Pavilion Driveway and Turnaround Memorial Pavilion Roll Call Record Locator Room Mission No. 115 - Black Thursday Navigators and Observers Nikola Tesla O Beautiful For Spacious Skies... Old Fort and Stockade Old Stone Fort P51 Mustang Pilots Association Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Pick a Climate Pike's Peak Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Santa Ana Army Air Base Scrub (Gambel's) Oak Seventh Fighter Command Sidefire Gunships Spirit of the 475th Fighter Group Stalag Luft III Air Force Ex-Prisoners of War Swiss Internees Take a Closer Look...Alpine/Subalpine Life Zone Take a Closer Look...Foothills Life Zone Take a Closer Look...Montane Life Zone Test Your Bird I.Q. Thailand Laos Cambodia Brotherhood The 49th Fighter Group/Wing The Amazing Balanced Rock The Continental Divide The Garden of the Gods The Making of America's Mountain The Mexican Expeditionary Air Force The USAFA Falcon Time Frozen In Stone Twentieth Air Force United States Air Force Academy USAF Academy Cemetery Carillon USAF Pilot Class 47-C Ute Pass Ute Pass Veterans Memorial War Memorial Welcome to America’s Mountain Welcome to Garden of the Gods Park Well-traveled Water Wheeler Town Clock Winged Refuge and Airman Women Airforce Service Pilots WWII World War II Bombardiers World War II Flight Nurses World War II Glider Pilots WWII Air Commandos XXI Bomber Command Zebulon Montgomery Pike
The state capital, Denver, was originally called "Denver City" when it was founded in 1858. It was named after James W. Denver, the governor of the Kansas Territory, and the city's founders hoped that he would help promote their new settlement. However, Governor Denver never actually visited the city.
El Paso County is located in the state of Colorado, in the United States. Its history dates back thousands of years to when Native American tribes, including the Ute, Arapaho, and Cheyenne, inhabited the region. The area later became part of the Spanish Empire in the 16th century, and was explored by Spanish conquistadors searching for new trade routes. However, it wasn't until the early 1800s that European settlers began to establish permanent settlements in the area.

In 1858, gold was discovered in Colorado, igniting the Pike's Peak Gold Rush and attracting thousands of fortune-seekers to the region. This influx of people contributed to the establishment of El Paso County on November 1, 1861. The county was named after the El Paso del Norte, a pass through the southern Rocky Mountains that connected Santa Fe, New Mexico, to El Paso, Texas.

During the late 19th century, railroads played a crucial role in the development of El Paso County. The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, completed in 1887, connected the county to other major cities in Colorado and allowed for the transportation of goods and people. With the railroad's arrival, the economy of El Paso County diversified, and agriculture, mining, and manufacturing became important industries.

The early 20th century saw the establishment of military presence in the county. In 1942, Camp Carson was built near Colorado Springs in response to World War II. The camp was later renamed Fort Carson and became an important military base, contributing to the county's economic growth. In addition, the establishment of the United States Air Force Academy in 1955 further solidified El Paso County's connection to the military.

Today, El Paso County is a thriving area with a diverse population and a strong economy. Its rich history, from its Native American roots to the gold rush and military presence, has shaped the county into what it is today.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of El Paso County, Colorado.

  • 1835 - El Paso County is established as part of the Mexican Territory of Santa Fe.
  • 1848 - With the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the territory becomes part of the United States.
  • 1859 - Gold is discovered in the area, resulting in a population boom.
  • 1871 - Colorado Springs is founded.
  • 1874 - The Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway is completed, connecting the county to the mining town of Cripple Creek.
  • 1899 - The Broadmoor Hotel is built, becoming a popular destination for the rich and famous.
  • 1917 - Camp Carson (now Fort Carson) is established as a U.S. Army installation.
  • 1954 - The United States Air Force Academy is established in the county.
  • 1962 - Interstate 25 is completed, providing improved transportation to and from the county.
  • 1993 - The county experiences significant growth and development, becoming one of the fastest-growing areas in Colorado.