HISTORY

Lowry Air   Force   Base   served   our   country   for   more   than   half   a   century   by   preparing   military   warriors   from   all   branches of   the   U.   S.   and Allied   Forces.   During   its   57-year   span,   military   personnel   acquired   technical   skills   to   sustain Air   Force operations through World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War and Vietnam. Lowry   AFB   sustained   aerial   operations   from   1938   to   1966.   The   main   focus   for   Lowry   Air   Force   Base   at   the   time   was technical   training,   including   aerial   photography.   During   World   War   II   Lowry   became   so   critical   in   providing   trained personnel   to   the   U.   S.   military   that   the   base   population   reached   20,000   and   operated   in   three   shifts,   seven   days   a week,   twenty-four   hours   a   day.   By   the   1950’s,   air   and   space   technology   came   to   the   forefront,   with   missile   specialists being   trained   at   a   rate   of   1,000   per   year   at   Lowry.   The   Lowry Air   Force   Base   motto,   Sustineo Alas   (“Bears   Wings,   or   “I Sustain the Wings”), may be seen on many of the historical buildings that remain at Lowry to this day. During   the   1950’s   Lowry   AFB   became   President   Dwight   “Ike”   Eisenhower’s   Summer   White   House.   As   First   Lady   Mamie Doud   Eisenhower’s   family   lived   in   Denver   she   would   often   accompany   Ike   during   his   summer   visits.   The   Eisenhowers would   travel   to   Lowry   on   the   presidential   aircraft   named   “The   Columbine”   after   Colorado’s   State   Flower.   The   first couple would attend services at Chapel Number 1. The   United   States   Air   Force   Academy   was   established   and   located   at   Lowry   AFB   from   1955   to   1958   while   the permanent campus was being constructed in Colorado Springs. More interesting Lowry history: In   the   1840’s   and   1850’s   as   many   as   1,500 Arapahoe   Native Americans   set   up   camp   along   Westerly   Creek   on   land which would eventually be occupied by Lowry AFB. In   1888   Lowry’s   northwest   neighborhood   was   home   to   Jarvis   Hall,   a   Christian   military   school,   which   burned   to the ground in 1901 from a chemistry project gone wrong. Jarvis Hall was never rebuilt. From   1904-1932,   Lowry   was   home   of   the   Agnes   C.   Phipps   Memorial   Sanatorium,   a   150-bed   facility   boasting   the curative   properties   of   Colorado’s   climate.   The   oldest   structure   at   Lowry,   built   in   1904   and   still   in   use,   was   a   part   of the original Sanatorium campus. It is now a private residence located at 7400 E. 6th Ave. Lowry   Field   and   Lowry AFB   each   were   named   after   Lt.   Francis   B.   Lowry,   killed   in   1918   during   aerial   combat   while serving   in   France   as   an   aerial   photographer   with   the   U.   S.   Army   Air   Service.   Lt.   Lowry   was   laid   to   rest   in   Fairmount Cemetery   just   south   of   Lowry   at Alameda   and   Quebec.   His   grave   is   marked   by   a   large   monument   that   may   still   be   seen today, nearly 100 years later. Charles   Lindbergh   landed   at   Denver’s   original   Lowry   Field   located   at   38th   and   Dahlia   on August   31,   1927   during   a publicity   tour   undertaken   after   completing   his   historic   33.5   hour   3,500   mile   cross-Atlantic   flight   on   the   21st   May   of 1927. Lowry   Air   Force   Based   closed   in   1994   after   graduating   more   than   1.1   million   students.   The   base   has   since   been redeveloped   into   the   master-planned   community   we   still   refer   to   as   “Lowry”   today.   Several   original   Lowry   Air   Force Base   structures,   including   two   aircraft   hangars,   were   creatively   repurposed   and   are   still   in   use,   contributing   to   the rich sense of history we continue to enjoy. If   you   would   like   to   read   more   about   Lowry’s   history,   we   highly   recommend   this   page’s   source   material.   You   may   also want   to   peruse   the   Historic   Buildings   Photo Album    for   a   look   at   Lowry’s   past   and   the   Historic   Buildings   Repurposed    to see   the   modern   rendition.   To   view   a   map   of   all   the   historic   buildings   and   to   learn   more   about   each   of   them   please visit our Neighborhood Directory by clicking here . Lowry   has   more   then   eighteen   pieces   of   public   art,   created   by   artists   from   across   Colorado   contributing   to   the   beauty, the   history,   and   the   culture   at   Lowry.   The   Lowry   Foundation   are   the   curators   of   all   of   the   public   art   at   Lowry.   Learn more about Lowry’s public art and see photos on the Public Art  page.   Sources: Lowry Air   Force   Base:   Images   of America   by   Jack   Stokes   Ballard,   John   Bond   and   George   Paxton   may   be   purchased online   at   Amazon.com ,   purchased   locally   at   Wings   Over   the   Rockies   Museum    in   Lowry   or   may   be   checked-out   at Lowry’s Schlessman Public Library . Lowry:   Military   Base   to   New   Urban   Community   by   Thomas   J.   Noel   and   Chuck   Woodward   may   be   purchased through the Lowry Foundation . Strategic Air Command – Lowry Air Force Base
LOWRY AFB The History
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HISTORY

Lowry Air   Force   Base   served   our   country   for   more   than   half a   century   by   preparing   military   warriors   from   all   branches of   the   U.   S.   and   Allied   Forces.   During   its   57-year   span, military   personnel   acquired   technical   skills   to   sustain   Air Force   operations   through   World   War   II,   the   Korean   War,   the Cold War and Vietnam. Lowry   AFB   sustained   aerial   operations   from   1938   to   1966. The   main   focus   for   Lowry   Air   Force   Base   at   the   time   was technical    training,    including    aerial    photography.    During World   War   II   Lowry   became   so   critical   in   providing   trained personnel   to   the   U.   S.   military   that   the   base   population reached   20,000   and   operated   in   three   shifts,   seven   days   a week,   twenty-four   hours   a   day.   By   the   1950’s,   air   and   space technology   came   to   the   forefront,   with   missile   specialists being   trained   at   a   rate   of   1,000   per   year   at   Lowry.   The Lowry Air   Force   Base   motto,   Sustineo Alas   (“Bears   Wings,   or “I    Sustain    the    Wings”),    may    be    seen    on    many    of    the historical buildings that remain at Lowry to this day. During    the    1950’s    Lowry    AFB    became    President    Dwight “Ike”    Eisenhower’s    Summer    White    House.   As    First    Lady Mamie   Doud   Eisenhower’s   family   lived   in   Denver   she   would often    accompany    Ike    during    his    summer    visits.    The Eisenhowers    would    travel    to    Lowry    on    the    presidential aircraft    named    “The    Columbine”    after    Colorado’s    State Flower.   The   first   couple   would   attend   services   at   Chapel Number 1. The   United   States   Air   Force   Academy   was   established   and located    at    Lowry    AFB    from    1955    to    1958    while    the permanent    campus    was    being    constructed    in    Colorado Springs. More interesting Lowry history: In   the   1840’s   and   1850’s   as   many   as   1,500   Arapahoe Native Americans   set   up   camp   along   Westerly   Creek   on   land which would eventually be occupied by Lowry AFB. In   1888   Lowry’s   northwest   neighborhood   was   home   to Jarvis   Hall,   a   Christian   military   school,   which   burned   to   the ground   in   1901   from   a   chemistry   project   gone   wrong.   Jarvis Hall was never rebuilt. From   1904-1932,   Lowry   was   home   of   the   Agnes   C. Phipps   Memorial   Sanatorium,   a   150-bed   facility   boasting the   curative   properties   of   Colorado’s   climate.   The   oldest structure   at   Lowry,   built   in   1904   and   still   in   use,   was   a   part of    the    original    Sanatorium    campus.    It    is    now    a    private residence located at 7400 E. 6th Ave. Lowry   Field   and   Lowry AFB   each   were   named   after   Lt. Francis   B.   Lowry,   killed   in   1918   during   aerial   combat   while serving   in   France   as   an   aerial   photographer   with   the   U.   S. Army   Air   Service.   Lt.   Lowry   was   laid   to   rest   in   Fairmount Cemetery   just   south   of   Lowry   at   Alameda   and   Quebec.   His grave   is   marked   by   a   large   monument   that   may   still   be seen today, nearly 100 years later. Charles   Lindbergh   landed   at   Denver’s   original   Lowry Field   located   at   38th   and   Dahlia   on   August   31,   1927   during a   publicity   tour   undertaken   after   completing   his   historic 33.5   hour   3,500   mile   cross-Atlantic   flight   on   the   21st   May of 1927. Lowry Air   Force   Based   closed   in   1994   after   graduating   more than    1.1    million    students.    The    base    has    since    been redeveloped   into   the   master-planned   community   we   still refer   to   as   “Lowry”   today.   Several   original   Lowry   Air   Force Base    structures,    including    two    aircraft    hangars,    were creatively   repurposed   and   are   still   in   use,   contributing   to the rich sense of history we continue to enjoy. If   you   would   like   to   read   more   about   Lowry’s   history,   we highly   recommend   this   page’s   source   material.   You   may also   want   to   peruse   the   Historic   Buildings   Photo   Album    for a     look     at     Lowry’s     past     and     the     Historic     Buildings Repurposed    to   see   the   modern   rendition.   To   view   a   map   of all   the   historic   buildings   and   to   learn   more   about   each   of them   please   visit   our   Neighborhood   Directory   by   clicking here . Lowry   has   more   then   eighteen   pieces   of   public   art,   created by   artists   from   across   Colorado   contributing   to   the   beauty, the     history,     and     the     culture     at     Lowry.     The     Lowry Foundation   are   the   curators   of   all   of   the   public   art   at Lowry.   Learn   more   about   Lowry’s   public   art   and   see   photos on the Public Art  page.   Sources: Lowry   Air    Force    Base:    Images    of   America    by    Jack Stokes   Ballard,   John   Bond   and   George   Paxton   may   be purchased   online   at Amazon.com ,   purchased   locally   at Wings   Over   the   Rockies   Museum    in   Lowry   or   may   be checked-out at Lowry’s Schlessman Public Library . Lowry:    Military    Base    to    New    Urban    Community    by Thomas     J.     Noel     and     Chuck     Woodward     may     be purchased through the Lowry Foundation . Strategic Air Command – Lowry Air Force Base
Lowry AFB The History
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