Air Force Property

Address: Genesee Ave., E. of Genesee Mtn. Rd. in Mt. Vernon Canyon, 80401

Lowry Air Force Base of Aurora operated a radar "Training Annex" on Genesee Mountain from 1954 to 1964. Three acres were purchased by the government and 25-year leases were secured with adjacent landowners Furrer, Juengling, Koch, Martischange, Ralston, Rippey, and the City of Denver. Still standing in 1998: two vacant, green painted, cement block buildings, a complex network of underground passages, three Meton concrete underground vaults with manhole covers, chain link fencing, barbed wire, and a concrete pad. Military personnel drove white snow-camouflage "weasels," track vehicles similar to "snow-cat" vehicles used today to groom ski slopes. Many area residents assumed the purpose of the base was to protect the metropolitan area from an air invasion by the communists. In 1967, the property was purchased by the Fidelity Mutual Insurance, the developers of Genesee. In 1998, it is being subdivided and sold by DPC Development company, who purchased it in 1997, for residential homes.
Quad Map/Date: Evergreen, 1965 (1979)
Sec/Town/Range: S13, T4S, R71W
Elevation: 7800
Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Coldwell Banker Real Estate; "City and Mountain Views," October 1997; Lomond, "Mt. Vernon Canyon Past to Present."
See Also: Genesee Park; Genesee Mountain
Last Modified: Wed, April 16 2014

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