CASTLE GATE, PRICE CANYON, UTAH. D. & R. G. R. R. WESTERN. BY A. MARTIN , DENVER. No. 691. Albumen print. Denver, Colorado: A. Martin, n.d. [Circa 1886 or earlier.]. 10.5x18.5 cm (4 1/8 x 7 1/4 inches); on a slightly larger cream card mount. Title and photographer's credit in the negative. View of the Castle Gate rock formation in Price Canyon, Utah. After the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad constructed its Utah Division over the Wasatch Plateau, the first coal mine, named the Castle Gate Mine #1, opened around 1886. The mine produced high-quality coal for the steam trains of the D&RGW. Castle Gate Mine #2 opened in 1912, and was found to have the finest coal in the region. In 1914, Castle Gate was incorporated as a town, which was owned and tightly controlled by the Utah Fuel Company and the D&RGW. A third mine opened in 1922. Castle Gate was dismantled in 1974, and residents were relocated to a new subdivision at the mouth of Spring Canyon, west of Helper. The former town site was cleared and replaced with coal-loading facilities neighboring the railroad line. Photographer Alexander Martin, born in Scotland, died in Denver, 1929. Active in Boulder, 1874-1878; Central City and Denver, 1879; Georgetown 1884, 1888. Operating in Denver 1888-1901. Image lightly foxed, very good. (#167124).