Thursday, April 28, 2016

Barracks at Eagle Creek, Camp Hale (Colorado)

View of a wooden bridge over Eagle Creek, Camp Hale (Colorado), 1943 or 1944. The barracks are on the left, beside a wide dirt road, poles for electricity or telephone wires follow both the road and the creek. In the distance on the right side of the creek are various storage buildings. Snow covers the tops of the surrounding hills. Camp Hale filled the valley—an instant city, built over one short summer at a cost of $30 million, specifically for the ski troops. (It was named for Brig. Gen. Irving Hale, a Colorado hero of the Spanish-American War.) White-painted barracks marched in precise rows beside the headwaters of the Eagle River, dredged ruler straight by the Army Corps of Engineers. Hale had bunks for fifteen thousand
soldiers. Natural water sources from the Eagle River and Homestake Creek were deemed sufficient for camp use, and regional supplies of coal existed in sufficient quantities to meet fuel demands.

Source :
Book "Climb to Conquer: The Untold Story of World War II's 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops" by Peter Shelton

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