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History chat and book signing with David Witte Dec 12 at Cozens Ranch Museum

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Grand County History presents author David Witte who will be at Cozens Ranch Museum on Saturday, Dec. 12 discussing his new book about Camp Hale during World War II.

In April 1942, a little over two years before the Tenth Mountain Division officially obtained its name, the U.S. Army began the unprecedented construction of a training facility for its newly acquired ski and mountain troops. Located near Leadville, the site eventually known as Camp Hale sits at an elevation of 9,250 feet. Immense challenges in its creation and subsequent training included ongoing social conflicts, the high altitude and blustery winters. However, thanks to contributions from civilian workers and the Womens Army Corps and support from neighboring communities, the camp trained soldiers who helped defeat the Axis powers in World War II. Veteran David R. Witte brings to life this enduring story. The talk and book signing will begin at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 970-726-5488.

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