Preservation: Current Projects

For more information about any of our preservation and interpretation projects, please email us at larissa@breckhistory.org

Sallie Barber Mine Stabilization

Breckenridge History, in cooperation with Summit County and Town of Breckenridge open space departments, plans to make repairs at the Sallie Barber mine site (start date TBD). Stabilization efforts will focus on the mine’s ore bin, which is in poor condition and at risk of further deterioration. Breckenridge History will reinforce the structure and add limited siding and roofing materials to protect the popular historic landmark.

Prospectors discovered the Sallie Barber Mine in 1881. By the turn of the century, the mine was one of the area’s first and most substantial producers of zinc — just as zinc ore came under heavy national demand for the first time as a manufacturing material. Several Colorado mining areas proved to be principal suppliers; the Breckenridge region as well as Leadville were among the first.  In some areas, the profits realized from zinc mining became equal in proportion to silver and gold.  The Sallie Barber changed ownership several times and like many area mines, went through times of production and multiple closures. The last owners operated the mine through the 1940s. In 2005 Summit County and the Town of Breckenridge jointly purchased approximately 1840 acres including the Sallie Barber road and mine to preserve as public open space.

Milne Park Restoration & Adaptive Re-use

Breckenridge History envisions Alice G. Milne Park as a destination that engages people in the park’s history, welcomes many different public and private uses, and serves as a gathering place for locals and visitors. Click here for the park master plan. In 2020, Breckenridge History completed plans to restore the Milne and Eberlein homes, preserve historic fabric and give the buildings new uses to meet Breckenridge History and community needs. Phase 1 of the project is scheduled to begin summer 2022.

Modern Breckenridge

Breckenridge History completed an interpretive plan to guide future exhibits about the history of Breckenridge from 1950s to the present and conducted more than 130 oral histories to document the stories of long-time locals. Breckenridge History is working on design for a new Modern Breckenridge exhibit in the Welcome Center Museum. The exhibit will focus on the transition of Breckenridge from mining town to world-class resort. Fabrication and installation is TBD.

Keystone Drill

The Keystone Drill was used by dredge boat king Ben Stanley Revett in the late 1800s to test gold content at bedrock. The drill helped gold dredge boat operators determine the most profitable path for the dredge to go. In summer 2019, Breckenridge History moved the drill from Como to Country Boy Mine in Breckenridge, where it’s currently on display. Breckenridge History plans to build a shelter for the drill, develop interpretive signs, and identify long-term preservation strategies for this one-of-a-kind artifact. 

Lincoln City

Lincoln, located approximately three miles east of Breckenridge, began as a miners’ camp in 1860 but quickly evolved into one of the earliest mining towns on the west side of the Continental Divide. Although Lincoln was never formally platted or otherwise organized as a community, it remained a cohesive entity through four mining booms and busts over the course of 50 years. The site has been identified as eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Breckenridge History completed an Historic Structure Assessment in 2016 and an Archaeological Assessment in 2018. Preservation and interpretation is earmarked for future years.