Belden Mine, Minturn (Gilman) Colorado

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fiftyohm on January 24, 2008

I am unfamiliar with the "Belden Mine". The mine in the "ghost" town of Gilman was called the Eagle Mine. It was owned and operated by the New Jersey Zinc Company. I worked there for a time in the early '70s.

tele-mon on February 16, 2008

I suppose you are correct if you worked there. I was told during a site visit there that the town above was Gilman, but that the site right on the river was Belden. Maybe it is the Eagle Mine at Belden? It's going to be a members-only resort soon owned by the Ginn Company.

flaghfine on May 21, 2009

I worked in the Eagle Mine from January of 1965 till June of 1965. I lived in Minturn, primarily at the Eagle River Hotel and took my meals at Jeff's across the street. A mine bus would take us to work every day. It was not unusual to be delayed on the ride up to the mine by snow slides. At the time the mine ran 3 shifts which rotated every two weeks. The entire mill was built underground after having been wiped out by avalanches several times.

fiftyohm on June 19, 2009


I did the same. I visited the Eagle River Hotel about 15 years ago, and it had changed a bit to say the least! "No Children" signs, potted plants, and high-end accomodation. So different from the dingy place we remember. The old TV room on the first floor is now the 'Lounge". Good grief!

When I was on the 3rd shift, I remember walking the tracks toward Gilman on bright winter days to watch the elk. It was such a beautiful place. Remember "Reno's" in Redcliff? I tilted a few in that place.

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