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Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion and Children’s Hospital-Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center

Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion and Children’s Hospital-Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center

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  • Date Posted: Apr 30, 2014
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  • Address: East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, CO, USA


Located at the corner of East Colfax Avenue and Peoria Street in Aurora.

The History:

The Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center was once known as the Fitzsimmons Army Hospital and also as Army Hospital 21. The Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center was once known as Army Hospital 21 and then formally renamed the Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in July of 1920 after Lt. William T. Fitzsimmons, the first American medical officer killed in World War I. It was founded by the U.S. Army during World War I to meet the need to treat the large number of victims involved in chemical warfare in Europe. Army Hospital 21 was dedicated in the fall of 1918 in the then small town of Aurora. A new main building, known as Building 500 was added in 1941 (Wikipedia, 2008).

The Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center provided treatment to Dwight Eisenhower on three different occasions. Apparently, some rooms on the 8th floor of the facility were renovated in 2000 to appear as they did when Eisenhower was recovered from a heart attack on one of his visits (Wikipedia, 2008).

John Kerry, presidential candidate in 2004 and U.S. Senator was born at the Fitzsimmons Army Medical Clinic on December 11, 1943. His father was already at the facility receiving treatment for tuberculosis at that time (Wikipedia, 2008).

The medical center was closed down in 1999 but redeveloped for civilian use by the University of Colorado to house the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion and the Children’s Hospital as well as the Ben Nighthorse Campbell Center for Native American Research. Some buildings and land from the Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center were donated to the city of Aurora and now serve as the new location of Aurora’s police academy (Wikipedia, 2008).

The Haunting:

Reports of apparitions. The Shadowlands Haunted Places Index also contains a report which states that, “if you go up the stairs outside and pear down the window on the door, it is reported that you can see and feel many war victims trying to get out the door.” (Shadowlord, n.d.)


I have to note that it is more likely that war victims would have wanted IN to this hospital than OUT of it, but perhaps we’ve misinterpreted the verbiage on this report. Hopefully others will be able to offer their own personal experiences of this large facility.


Shadowlord (n.d.) Shadowlands Haunted Places Index. Retrieved November 4, 2008 from

Wikipedia (2008). Aurora, Colorado. Retrieved November 5, 2008 from

Wikipedia (2008). Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center. Retrieved November 5, 2008 from


East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, CO Colorado, USA

East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, CO Colorado, USA

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