The Resource Camp Hale, Colo. photographs, (manuscript)

Camp Hale, Colo. photographs, (manuscript)

Label
Camp Hale, Colo. photographs, 1943-1944
Title
Camp Hale, Colo. photographs
Inclusive dates
1943-1944
Contributor
Donor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The collection contains 55 b/w photographs related to training activities at Camp Hale, Colo. Subjects include mules, unidentified Colorado scenery, Cooper Hill ski area, ski training and individual soldier's portraits (ca.1943-1944). Some of the soldiers are identified
Note
Forms part of: 10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection.
Member of
Biographical or historical data
In April 1941, the U.S. Army began its search for a site capable of housing a division of 15,000 men, which would also be suitable for year-round training of mountain troops. Their first choice, a site in Yellowstone Park, was rejected because it was a breeding ground for the almost-extinct trumpeter swan. Eventually, the Army approved a site north of Leadville, Colo. between Tennessee Pass and a railroad whistle stop called Pando. Construction of the camp, named in honor of General Irving Hale, began in April 1942. Hale, a West Pointer, graduated at the head of his class in 1880, received a Purple Heart, Silver Star and several brevets for gallantry during his service in the Spanish-American War. He later commanded the Colorado National Guard. Despite the site's remoteness and high altitude, construction was rushed to completion in less than six months. Troops, from what would become the 10th Mountain Division, began arriving in November 1942. The soldiers trained in mountain and winter warfare at the camp until June 1944.
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DPL
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Watkins, Boone
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  • United States
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Military maneuvers
  • Soldiers
  • Ski troops
  • Camp Hale (Colo.)
Label
Camp Hale, Colo. photographs, (manuscript)
Instantiates
Note
Catalog record based on preliminary inventory
Extent
1 photo box
Governing access note
Contact Western History/Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library, Denver, Colorado
Immediate source of acquisition
Boone Watkins;
System control number
  • ocn352901412
  • (OCoLC)352901412
Label
Camp Hale, Colo. photographs, (manuscript)
Note
Catalog record based on preliminary inventory
Extent
1 photo box
Governing access note
Contact Western History/Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library, Denver, Colorado
Immediate source of acquisition
Boone Watkins;
System control number
  • ocn352901412
  • (OCoLC)352901412

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