Washington Gold Mine

April 28, 2012

Staff writer The Washington Gold Mine is a historic silver and gold mine operated by the Summit Historical Society in Illinois Gulch on Barney Ford Hill just south of Breckenridge. The mine dates back to the early 1880s and has five main shafts and more than 10,000 feet of underground workings. It was one of the area’s largest mines and employed more than 30 men in its heyday, which continued…

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Country Boy Mine

Country Boy Mine Colorado
April 28, 2012

Staff writer The Country Boy Mine in French Gulch east of Breckenridge offers guided 45-minute tours that take visitors 1,000 feet deep into a mine that was first patented in 1887. The mine produced silver, lead, zinc and gold and was in full operation until the mid-1890s. It continued operations longer than most in the area because its zinc deposits were valuable to the military for World War I and…

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Barney Ford House Museum

Staff writer The Barney Ford House Museum honors the runaway slave who moved to Breckenridge to run a restaurant and a boarding house after his business success in Denver earned him the nickname “Black Baron of Colorado.” Ford, who was born in Virginia in 1822, escaped from slavery and made his way to Chicago on the Underground Railroad. He learned the barber’s trade in Chicago, launched a successful business career…

April 28, 2012
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Edwin Carter Museum & Discovery Center

Staff writer The Edwin Carter Museum & Discovery Center honors the Breckenridge pioneer and naturalist and is located in his home and workshop, which date back to 1875. When he arrived in Breckenridge in 1868 as part of the Colorado Gold Rush, Carter became concerned that the flurry of mining activity was destroying the area’s wildlife. Carter became a taxidermist and devoted his life to collecting and documenting the state’s…

April 28, 2012
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Breckenridge Historic District

Breckenridge Historic District
April 28, 2012

Staff writer Most of Breckenridge, with its mix of commercial, residential and religious buildings dating back to 1860, qualified for the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The town’s nomination for the Breckenridge Historic District cited “a well-preserved mining town” and identified 155 historically and architecturally significant buildings in 45 city blocks. The buildings are made of wood and display a range of styles, including Italianate, Gothic, Greek Revival…

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Mount Evans

April 6, 2012

Mount Evans is one of Colorado’s 54 “fourteeners,” peaks that top 14,000 feet in altitude, and it’s both the closest to Denver and the most accessible.

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Keystone ski area

Keystone ski area Colorado
April 6, 2012

Staff writer The Keystone Ski Resort is the largest of the five Summit County ski areas, with 3,148 acres of skiable terrain across three mountains and deep powder in bowls on three others, including the namesake Keystone Peak (12,408 feet). Keystone is 75 miles west of Denver and eight miles off Interstate 70. Keystone also offers the largest night skiing operation in Colorado, with nine trails and a section of…

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Breckenridge ski area

Breckenridge ski area Colorado
April 6, 2012

The Breckenridge ski area, also known as “Breck,” covers 2,358 acres of skiable terrain on Peaks 7 and 8 and the lower half of Peaks 9 and 10 in Colorado’s Ten Mile Range. It is located just 80 miles west of Denver.

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Beaver Creek ski area

Beaver Creek ski area
April 6, 2012

Staff writer The Beaver Creek ski area has 1,815 acres of skiable terrain in two bowls on a mountain 13 miles west of the Vail Mountain ski resort. Both are owned and operated by Vail Resorts. Beaver Creek has a summit of 11,440 feet, rising 3,340 feet from a base at 8,100 feet above sea level. It gets an average of 325 inches of snow a year, with a ski…

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