Media Contact: Paula Manini, Museum Director
TOUR OF TRINDIDAD’S WORLD WAR II POW CAMP
Trinidad, CO—You’ve heard about it and now you can see it! A free guided tour of Camp Trinidad, the World War II prisoner of war camp for German officers, is being offered by the Trinidad History Museum in partnership with Cougar Canyon Golf Resort. Cougar Canyon Marketing Director Michael Butcher will lead the tour, which takes place on Saturday, June 27.
Butcher was excited to learn that Cougar Canyon was home to the historic site and has read extensively about Camp Trinidad. Parts of some structures are still standing and there is other evidence of the camp, which for several years was on a private ranch.
To join the tour, meet at 10 AM in front of the Fairway Grill at Cougar Canyon, which is located three miles east of Trinidad on Highway 160; turn east on to Cougar Canyon Drive.
High clearance vehicles are needed to reach the site and participants will be asked to carpool. The drive and tour will take approximately two hours. Please bring your own water bottles, sun screen, insect repellant, etc. All participants will be required to sign a liability waiver.
The Camp Trinidad tour takes place as part of the Trinidad History Museum’s programs about World War II. Last year, the museum hosted a lecture by Kurt Landsberger, who was a young Jewish refugee, American immigrant, and U.S. soldier sent to the camp as a translator. Landsberger is the author of “Prisoners of War at Camp Trinidad, Colorado, 1943-46: Internment, Intimidation, Incompetence and Country Club Living” which will be available at the tour and is currently at the Trinidad History Museum Bookstore.
For more information, call the Trinidad History Museum at 719-846-7217 or stop by the Museum Bookstore at 312 E. Main Street.
The Trinidad History Museum, of “History Colorado,” is located in the heart of Trinidad. The museum complex contains the Baca House, Bloom Mansion, Santa Fe Trail Museum, and the Baca-Bloom Heritage Gardens. The Barglow Building contains the Bookstore and Gift Shop and the Trinidad and State Byways Information Center. For more information visit www.coloradohistory.org.