Headline from 1880 Rocky Mountain News stating "The Chinese notified by the miners that they 'must go'"
April 27, 2023

Our Collective History: Confronting difficult histories

One of our new blog post categories is Our Collective History, but what does that really mean? When we think about history, there are specific events, ideas, and people who have helped to shape eras and places in…

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March 23, 2023

The Mysteries of Fort Mary B.

The community of Breckenridge began in 1859-60 as a collection of rustic log cabins and a protective fort when a group of hearty prospectors and one woman over-wintered along the Blue River. The fort became known as Fort…

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March 22, 2023

Breckenridge’s Airport Legacy: Part 2

Breckenridge’s Airport Road remains the sole legacy of the history of airplanes and wished-for airport development in town.  From the beginning of Breckenridge as a ski town, airplanes played an important role in the community’s growth. And while…

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Breckenridge’s Airport Legacy: Part 1

Breckenridge has an Airport Road, but no airport. Curious residents and visitors often ask Breckenridge History about the legacy of Airport Road. Learn more about the long and convoluted history of airplanes and airports in the Upper Blue…

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March 07, 2023

Florence Watson’s Way: A poet in Breckenridge

Florence Watson was a poet in Breckenridge during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Her book of poetry, “Sweet Summerland” was exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair and she wrote numerous stories for the local newspapers.

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April 26, 2022

Louis Ford: Part 3 – The Final Years

Louis Ford, son of respected businessman and entrepreneur Barney L. Ford, chooses a life of crime in Part 3 of this series.

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April 15, 2022

Louis Ford: Part 2 – Falls far from the Family Tree

Louis Ford is accused of theft by a client at the Cheyenne hotel owned by his well-respected father, Barney L. Ford.

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Louis Ford: Part 1 – Early Years in the Wild West

Breckenridge History reveals on how Louis Ford, son of Barney and Julia Ford, was influenced by the 1860’s Wild West in Cheyenne, WY.

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April 08, 2022

An Overview History of Breckenridge

Breckenridge History is the leading authority on the rich and colorful history of our town. We are a small non-profit with a dedicated and passionate team of staff, volunteers, and historians. Part of our mission is to share our town’s heritage with the public and we offer museums, tours, hikes, and gold panning here in charming Breckenridge. For those who prefer a good read or can’t make it to Breckenridge to visit us, we’ve written essays on various topics.

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March 29, 2022

Women of Willpower: Breckenridge Pioneers

Pioneering women of Breckenridge’s early days survived and thrived in the unforgiving mountain environment of Colorado’s mining communities.

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