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A History of Eagle County is a compilation written by county school children and their teacher in scrapbook form. Each local community was given a section making eighteen sections total, covering Red Cliff to Basalt.
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Red Cliff, Colorado is one of the oldest towns in Eagle County beginning in 1879. The town was the original county seat until 1921, after the fourth and final election deciding to move to Eagle. Red Cliff was bolstered in its early days by a booming mining business, hotels, and travelers through the mountains. Red Cliff's immediate neighbor was the now-abandoned mining town of Gilman, which was shut down by the EPA in the 1980s and declared a Superfund...
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The Red Book covers many towns located in and around the Eagle Valley. This chapter focuses on the town of Eagle from its pioneer beginnings to the mid 1940's.
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Gilman, Colorado, is now an abandoned mining town perched on a high cliff viewable from Highway 24 between Red Cliff and Minturn, CO. Its history dates back to the beginning of the state and mining has always been its chief industry. The mining changed over the years as well, from silver and gold, to zinc, lead, and other precious metals. The 1930s through 1950s were years of prosperity for the small company town and its residents; at one time, Gilman...