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View of Rock Creek Canyon showing the Moffatt railroad grade at upper right. "This two and one half miles of railroad track with tunnels No. 45, 46, 47, 48 and the big bridge across the creek was considered the costliest piece of grade on the railroad. A high bridge across the canyon in the foreground could have eliminated all this costly construction and maintenance and such a bridge was contemplated, but steel for the structure was unobtainable...
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Verso: "Don and Tom on Battle Mt. Highway 1930s" The highway was then unpaved and was the only route for workers going to the mine at Gilman.
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Looking north, the Shelter House rock walls are approximately 4' up with the wooden framework visible. The pack horses carrying the framing are at the right in the photo. Construction workers' tent stands to the right of the Shelter House. Man sawing timber is at the far left. Photo is labeled: 281253. [Title supplied from catalog prepared by the Eagle County Historical Society.]
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Aerial photograph taken by Mayo Lanning on February 3, 1998. Looking west down the Eagle River Valley, following I-70.
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5) Convoy
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Truck convoy negotiating the Old Battle Mountain Road. The original rock supported roadway is clearly visible [Title supplied from catalog prepared by the Eagle County Historical Society.]
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Heavy equipment on a slope of Battle Mountain during road construction (1939-1940). Man and dog are walking in right foreground; graders and tractors moving dirt. [Title supplied from catalog prepared by the Eagle County Historical Society.]
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An automobile and a snow plow parked next to each other on Tennessee Pass. Several men are standing next to the automobile and it appears to be snowing. [Title supplied from catalog prepared by the Eagle County Historical Society.]
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Graders and tractors creating roads on the steep sides of Battle Mountain, Colorado. [Title supplied from catalog prepared by the Eagle County Historical Society.]
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View facing south of the Shelter House walls going up. Ten men are working on the building; one horse visible on left along with the top of the tent. Photo labeled: 281247 [Title supplied from catalog prepared by the Eagle County Historical Society.]
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Photo postcard of U.S. Hwy 24 at the top of Tennessee Pass (Alt. 10,240 ft,) between Leadville and Red Cliff, Colorado. [Sanborn W-1181] There is snow on the ground.
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Continuing west on Highway 24 would take you to Minturn. Continuing east would take you to Gilman and Red Cliff. Photo taken by Tom Knight. Tom worked at Gilman as a watchman. Verso: "Looking west down Eagle River. You can see I'm on top of the world. This shows the S curve on the O. to O. [Ocean to Ocean] Highway. We go to work tonight. Don't know what doing." [written by Tom Knight] "Old highway on Battle Mountain" BJS
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Road to Red Cliff with old bridge across the Eagle River before the Red Cliff Bridge was opened in 1941. Battle Mountain is on the left. Photograph is labeled: "Roads end" [Title supplied from catalog prepared by the Eagle County Historical Society.]
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Entrance to the Carlton tunnel in 1932, in the snow. The Busk-Ivanhoe Tunnel was built by the Busk Tunnel Railway Company for the Colorado Midland Railroad in 1891 as a replacement for the Hagerman Tunnel at a lower, more direct route. It connected Aspen and Leadville. The tunnel was abandoned following Colorado Midland's 1897 bankruptcy and was converted to one-way auto traffic in 1922 as the Carlton Tunnel, a toll tunnel carrying then-State Highway...
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Road maintenance machinery on Tennessee Pass in winter. George Nimon and unidentified man standing next to the plow; an unidentified woman standing on the plow. [Title supplied from catalog prepared by the Eagle County Historical Society.]
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Photo postcard showing the "New Battle Mountain Highway," U.S. Hwy 24. The view is looking south, going from GIlman to Red Cliff.
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Truck convoy negotiating the Old Battle Mountain Road. The original rock supported roadway is clearly visible. Probably the original image from which the close-up [1984.001.018] was made. [Title supplied from catalog prepared by the Eagle County Historical Society.]
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Railroad overpass on Colorado Highway 24 leading to Red Cliff. This was the route to Red Cliff prior to the construction of the Red Cliff arch bridge. [Red Cliff Bridge Construction photo 1]
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Photo postcard showing the Red Cliff Bridge, opened in 1941. A Denver & Rio Grande train is coming from Red Cliff, headed toward Gilman, alongside the very clear Eagle River. At the left is the Lover's Leap cliffs. On the right is the cut in the lower rocks for the road down to Red Cliff. At the center of the photo above the bridge can be seen the tailings from Hornsilver Mine with Butter Flats (clearing) just above that.
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Looking toward Belden in the Eagle River Canyon. Tram to Gilman visible at midground.
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Vail Pass, elevation 10,603' . Patchy snow on ground. [Title supplied from catalog prepared by the Eagle County Historical Society.]