Family Life in a Construction Camp

Feeding the Workers

Hard working men were hungry men.  To keep the workers fed a mess hall was constructed that would accommodate 200 men.  Breakfast was served at 7 a.m. and then again at 8:30 a.m.  Sack lunches were prepared for the men who were going to the tunnel to work; with the regular midday meal served at 12:00 p.m. and again at 2:30 p.m.  Evening meals were served at 5:00 p.m.; then again at 11p.m for the graveyard shift; and 1 a.m. for those working the swing shift. 

Recreational activities were available for the workers down times.  Generally recreation consisted of a ball park, horseshoe pits and card tables all available at no charge.  But if you wanted to beat your friend at pool it would cost you 5 cents.


Family Life in a Construction Camp

Family housing meant kids. And with kids came the need for education and schools.  Because the Tunnel camp was so remotely located with a single access road from Kremmling, Colorado, the Bureau of Reclamation required the construction company to construct and run a school for the companies’ employees. 

         A picture of school house at Shadow Mountain











“The contractor shall make all necessary arrangements with the proper State and county authorities for school facilities and instruction up to and including the twelfth grade for families of Government employees, which shall be furnished without charge therefor by the contractor…” (Reclamation ERA, 1940)  To meet this requirement a school was constructed at the Tunnel Campground

A picture of the Green Mtn. school layout