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Vail, Colorado: 10th Mountain Division Soldier Statue

Vail was founded by a wounded 10th Mountain Division combat veteran, and this 13-foot-tall bronze remembers those specially trained ski soldiers of World War II.

East Meadow Dr., Vail, CO
To the right of the covered bridge just before walking across into Vail's downtown area and Vail Village.
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Ski trooper.

10th Mountain Division Soldier Statue

The Ski Trooper statue is only visible by foot, though there are parking garages nearby. You can check out the museum as well.

[Adventures Of Cluckleberry Hen, 10/20/2018]
10th Mountain Division Soldier Statue

Just before entering the main downtown area of Vail, in a clearing to the right of the covered bridge, is a fine statue of a 10th Mountain Division soldier dressed in full gear, going at full stride, placed there in memory of the ski soldiers who trained at Camp Hale in Colorado for duty in World War II.

Vail's founder Pete Siebert was a wounded 10th Mountain Division combat veteran.

[Richard J. Gardner, 01/03/2004]
Noble Skydrifters to Grace Ski Burg in Bronze

The well-to-do ski community of Vail, CO, has announced that in May it will honor World War II paratroopers, who trained in the surrounding several-hundred-square-mile mountain region, by formally dedicating a heroic bronze statue in the center of town. We encourage this patriotism-by-proxy, and can easily envision similar actions that could be taken by other wealthy enclaves across America who wish to cash in on their own tenuous links to World War II home front heroism.

  • The resort of Martha's Vineyard, MA, for example, could commission a series of cabanas in the shapes of giant fiberglass fish to honor the many submariners who might as well have been right in the center of town if they hadn't been several miles offshore and under several hundred feet of water, training to possibly give their lives to protect our beach front resorts.
  • The affluent suburb of Grosse Point, MI, home to many of the industrialists who control America's automobile corporations, could redesign their town hall to approximate a giant Sherman tank, emblematic of the auto industry's shift to wartime military production.
  • The water tower in luxurious Palm Springs, CA, could be painted to resemble a mighty oxygen tank, symbolizing the gift of clean air that was not polluted by the nonexistent factories, garbage dumps, and rendering plants in this affluent community, and that later drifted east to provide "clear targets" for the many military bombing ranges in lower rent sections of the Southwest.

[03/22/1998] Complete News Story

Nearby Offbeat Places

Mini Statue of LibertyMini Statue of Liberty, Kremmling, CO - 29 mi.
National Mining Hall of Fame and MuseumNational Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Leadville, CO - 27 mi.
Highest City in AmericaHighest City in America, Leadville, CO - 28 mi.
In the region:
Ashcroft Ghost Town, Aspen, CO - 46 mi.

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