The first of two pieces of the historic B&B Mines open space purchase was completed on Wednesday.
The Breckenridge and Summit County open space programs closed on the Star and Presidents mining claims, paying $700,000 for about 120 acres of land in the Golden Horseshoe area north of Breckenridge.
Thus begins final deal that will put 1,842 total acres of close-in back-country land into the public domain.
The Golden Horseshoe is flanked by the Swan and French Creek drainages. The land hooks-up with National Forest Service property and well-used trails crisscross the boundaries.
The final price tag will total $9 million for the land and up to $2 million for environmental work. The town and the country are splitting the costs 50-50.