Camp Hale Historical Site Dedication Records
This video is a recording of the dedication of Camp Hale, Colorado as a national historical site.
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Biographical / Historical
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift; Tom Hames; 2015.
- Camp Hale Historical Site Dedication Records
- October 15, 2020
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