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Thomas H. Howell Papers

Identifier: M1885

Scope and Contents

Collection contains documents concerning the 10th Mountain Division's prospective training site near Yellowstone, Montana: essay by Thomas Howell: Army Winter Training Base, West Yellowstone, Montana; copies of newspaper clippings about site (1941); 6 color photographs (copies) of buildings remaining at site; Oversize file folder contains: architectural site plan for West Yellowstone camp.


  • 1941-1990s


Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

In April of 1941, the Army ordered Colonels Nelson Walker and Charles Hurdis to investigate sites capable of housing a division of 15,000 men and suitable for year-round training of mountain troops. Robert Monohan of the U.S. Forestry Service accompanies them. They needed a site with mountains, a truck highway, a railroad, and 1.5 million gallons of water a day. Their first choice was a site near West Yellowstone, Montana, on the edge of Yellowstone National Park.


1 Envelope

1 Oversize file folder

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Thomas H. Howell, 2004


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

Forms part of: 10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection.


Thomas H. Howell Grew up near Yellowstone, Montana, a prospective 10th Mountain training site. Howell's uncle served in World War II and worked with the National Ski Patrol.

Finding Aid for the Thomas H. Howell Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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