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Camp Hale

  • Camp Hale Construction

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    Before the construction of Camp Hale, the Eagle River meandered through the Pando Valley north of Leadville.
    Camp Hale Construction
  • Camp Hale

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    The construction of Camp Hale transformed the Pando Valley with the addition of about 1,000 buildings and 15,000 troops.
    Camp Hale
  • Ski Practice at Camp Hale
  • Troops Parade at Camp Hale

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    The Tenth Mountain Division was known for its white uniforms, meant to camouflage the soldiers in winter conditions.
    Troops Parade at Camp Hale
  • Camp Hale Dismantled

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    After the Tenth Mountain Division left Camp Hale in late 1944, the camp’s buildings were dismantled and the materials sent to Fort Carson for reuse.
    Camp Hale Dismantled
  • Return to Nature

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    Since the army transferred Camp Hale to the White River National Forest in 1965, munitions cleanup and revegetation efforts have begun to return the Pando Valley to its prewar appearance.
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Allen Best, “The Pro-Nazi American Soldier Who Aided an Escape,” Colorado Central Magazine, February 2004.

Rene L. Coquoz, The Invisible Men on Skis: The Story of the Construction of Camp Hale and the Occupation by the 10th Mountain Division, 1942–1945 (Boulder: Johnson Publishing Company, 1970).

Bruce Finley, “$30 Million May Flow into Mountain Valley Restoration Project,” Denver Post, March 29, 2015.

Anne McKibbin, “Camp Hale,” National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (August 20, 1991).

Larry Warren, “Camp Hale Site,” National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form (1980).

Additional Information: 

Hal Burton, The Ski Troops (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971).

Camp Hale Military Munitions Project, US Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District.

Curtis W. Casewit, Mountain Troopers! The Story of the Tenth Mountain Division (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1972).

Kenneth Conboy and James Morrison, The CIA’s Secret War in Tibet (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2002).

E. J. Kahn Jr., “The Philologist,” New Yorker, March 11, 18, 25, and April 1, 1950.