EAGLE RIVER CANYON BELOW GILMAN DV R G R R. Albumen print. Denver, Colorado: Barkalow Brothers, n.d. [Circa 1882.]. 10.5x18.5 cm (4 1/8 x 7 1/4 inches); on a slightly larger cream card mount. An early photograph of the Belden Mine in the Gilman District, a Colorado mining district that became the richest district in Eagle County. The rails of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad are in the foreground. The mining town of Gilman was built on a ridge 600 feet above the Eagle River on the flank of Battle Mountain. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad reached the mining camp of Belden at the base of the cliff in 1882. Gilman now an abandoned mining town, was founded in 1886 during the Colorado Silver Boom. It later became a center of lead and zinc mining in Colorado, centered on the now-flooded Eagle Mine, the leading producer of silver in the state in 1930. Gilman was abandoned in 1984 by order of the Environmental Protection Agency because of toxic pollutants, including contamination of the ground water, as well as unprofitability of the mines. It is currently a ghost town on private property. Nothing is known about the itinerant Barkalow Brothers. See Mautz, p. 536. A dramatic image with fine contrast. Rare. (#167123).