U.S. Government & Military

Top Left: Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees working on the Colorado River Trail in 1934, NPS;
Top Right: Buffalo Soldier painting by Don Stivers;
Bottom: Bent's Old Fort, NPS.

From the Buffalo Soldiers, who defended U.S. settlers in the West after the Civil War, to the Civilian Conservation Corps that worked to preserve and improve national parks and historic sites during the Great Depression, the U.S. government and military have played important roles in shaping the history, culture and landscape of the Southwest. Learn more about these groups and related historic structures through the pages below.