Posted 20 February 2007 - 09:51 AM
One of the finest overall 10th Mtn Division equipment displays open for the public is located in a hardware store on Mainstreet in Leadville, CO. (The store is currently open as an antique, consignment type dealership.)
The collection has been put together by a gentleman named Eddie Weise, who is a part time antiques dealer. Unfortunately (for us), none of the collection on display is for sale, but it is pretty extensive and includes many sets of skis and poles, mountain tents, anoraks, mountain hats, rucksacks, ephemera, and on and on.
If you pass through the area during the winter, the people in the store can put you in touch with Eddie, and he will personally guide you through the collection. (If you can get him off the ski slopes. During the summer months, he's usually on the road (often in the east) looking for antiques.)
If you're ever anywhere even close, I highly encourage you to check it out.
BTW: For those that don't know, Leadville is located about 15 miles from the old Camp Hale (now called Eagle Park) and Ski Cooper, the ski slopes where most of the 10th MTN DIV troops learned to ski. Only remnents, such as old foundations, and roads remain of the camp. It's now all part of a National Forest. Ski Cooper, a rather modest resort, is still open for business and lift tickets are some of the most reasonably priced around.