The Mountain Post Historical Center (MPHC) will:
- Become a dramatic, iconic landmark and museum
- Preserve the storied history of Fort Carson, its connection to the nation and the impact on the surrounding communities
- Tell the unique and colorful story of the Soldiers of Fort Carson
- Feature a visitor’s orientation and gathering area and multiple exhibit galleries
- Provide dedicated space for artifact storage and preservation, educational programming, and an archives and research library
- Have themed galleries to depict and interpret specific aspects of Fort Carson’s military history
- Combine interactive displays, oral histories, and rare artifacts to present the complete story of the Post’s colorful past
The Mountain Post Historical Center will also serve as:
- A dramatic landmark that will become a distinctive community icon
- A focal point for reunions of Fort Carson veterans from all eras since the Post’s founding in 1942
- A gathering and meeting place for community and military groups
- A location for educational programs to educate children, visitors and new Soldiers about the fascinating history of the Post and the military’s importance to our country
- A way to honor and recognize sacrifices and contributions made by the men and women who have served and will serve at Fort Carson
The main museum will cost an estimated $11 million, of which the Army has contributed a little more than $5 million in land, infrastructure, staffing, and other components. Additional funds will be raised from the community, through donations and private and corporate sponsorships.
March 2015, Summit Economics, LLC, updated our Economic Impact Study:
- Construction of the Mountain Post Historic Center will begin in 2016 and cost approximately $6 million.
- Construction will generate about 79 jobs and $3.7 million of earnings in the local economy in 2016.
- The museum will open in 2017.
By 2020 (year of stabilized level of operation):
- The annual numbers of visitors to the MPHC is expected to total around 116,000 per year, with about 67 percent of the visitors coming from out of town.
- The local and non-local visitors are expected to spend about $1.4 million per year in the local economy, supporting an additional 25 local jobs and almost $780,000 in annual earnings.
- Total annual output of the Colorado Springs economy will increase by about $2.1 million.
- The City of Colorado Springs will receive about $36,000 per year in additional sales tax revenue.
- El Paso County and RTA will each receive about $16,000 and $14,000 per year respectively in additional sales tax revenue.
Who Will Operate the Museum?
The Army will fund and operate the museum once it is built. The MPHA will remain involved through annual “Friends of MPHC” and volunteer programs.
Where will the museum be located?
The 16,000-square-foot Mountain Post Historical Center will be located just outside of Fort Carson’s main gate, directly across Highway 115 from Cheyenne Mountain State Park.
When Will the Museum Open?
Construction of the Mountain Post Historical Center will begin in 2016 and the museum will open in 2017.
How Can I Help?
What Else Do I Need To Know?
- A Speakers Bureau is available – We’d love to tell you and your associates more about the project. Call the Mountain Post Historical Association office (719-524-0915) to schedule one of our volunteers to speak at a meeting of your club or organization
- Enterprise Zone Tax Credit is available. Not only is The Enterprise Zone Tax Credit a great way to support the museum, but also it minimizes the after-tax cost of your contribution
- MPHA is a 50l(c)(3) organization, so your donations are tax-deductible to the greatest extent of the law