Preservation: Current Projects

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May is National Preservation Month, and we want your help in bringing Breckenridge’s history to life. Re-create any of the historical photos displayed below to be featured on our website and social media. You will also be eligible for prizes for your photo re-creations! Use #PreserveBreck on social media or email your photos to to submit! Photos from the Breckenridge History Archives.

Mary Marks poses with her bicycle on Lincoln Avenue, looking east.
Minnie (Dusing) Thomas stands side by side with her sister and two friends outside her house on Main Street.
Miss Milne on the Summit County Courthouse front steps, March 1920.
During the "Big Snow" event of 1898-1899, Ezra Stewart, in dark cape overcoat and hat, and his wife, Ada, walk a dog with William Briggle on the snowy road in front of Briggle's snow-loaded house on Harris Street in Breckenridge.

Photo re-creations

Welcome Center redesign

Breckenridge History is currently working with Timelooper, an immersive museum exhibit design company, to fully update the Breckenridge Welcome Center Museum. This project is in the design phase and includes the development of three new galleries to tell the story of Breckenridge from the formation of the Rocky Mountains to present day. This immersive experience will include artifact displays, interactive exhibits, and cutting-edge technology to help visitors envision their place in Breckenridge’s history and community.

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. In summer 2024, Breckenridge History will relocate the drill to an accessible location near the B&B trailhead. Breckenridge History is currently designing a shelter for the drill. Next steps will include developing interpretive signs, and identifying 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.

Historic Sites Preservation Map