The History Of Breckenridge, Colorado

By mYCZNbxh On January 5th, 2019

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If your ski vacation this year makes it to beautiful Summit County be sure to visit the most historic gold mining town in Colorado, Breckenridge. With world class skiing and snowboarding, the four peaks which surround the town are massive but can actually be tamed.

Peak seven, peak eight, peak nine, and peak ten are all around thirteen thousand feet. Each peak can be skied if you have the tools and knowledge.

Breckenridge started out as a gold mining town. Hundreds of families and people came to Breckenridge hoping to strike it rich. After the gold boost of the eighteen hundreds people had to wait almost sixty years for the white gold otherwise known as snow. Breckenridge gets lots of snow averaging over two hundred inches of snow per year. Many of the buildings here are from the historical gold mine era. The Gold Pan bar in Breckenridge used to be a miners bar from the eighteen hundreds it is one of the oldest bars in the state of Colorado . When you walk through the door you will realize the historical significance.

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In eighteen fifty nine gold was discovered along the blue river, and a base camp later to be known as Breckenridge. Breckenridge does contain more than three hundred fifty different buildings and structures that still remain. This makes Breckenridge one of largest historic district in Colorado . During the summer time, the locals run Gold Mine Tours and they are quite exciting.

In the year 1860, Breckenridge established the first post office which finally put Breckenridge on the national map. In eighteen eighty two the railroad arrived in Breckenridge. Today, you can hike up the trail as the old railroad has been removed. The railroad was very much responsible for Breckenridge’s growth and wealth.

Breckenridge the ski town wasn’t established until 12/16/1961. On opening day they had one T bar ski lift and only one double chair lift on peak 8. With an fortunate seventeen thousand customers in there first year Breckenrige certainly seemed to have a bright future. Breckenridge was the first Colorado resort to allow snowboarding way back in 1984 there acceptance with snowboarders is still there today. In 1985 Breckenridge hosted the first snowboard world cup and every year since then, they’ve hosted major event’s.

In 1997 Breckenridge and Keystone are merged with Vail and Beaver Creek to form Vail ski resorts. On your next ski or summer vacation I hope you make it to historical Breckenridge, Colorado where you are sure to have a good time.

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