Thursday, July 07, 2005

Historic Breckenridge

Breckenridge owes its existence to the discovery of gold during the 1859 Pike's Peak Gold Rush and once reigned as queen of the Summit County mining camps.

Today, much has changed yet much has stayed the same - historic buildings, award-winning museums and authentic programs provide an opportunity to step back in time and experience the spirit of the pioneers who settled a piece of the real West. Their stories provide a glimpse of our past and influence the character of Breckenridge today.

Some of ways to experience historic Breckenridge are:

1. Daily Historic Walking Tours of the more notable historic buildings in town - a 1.5 hour guided tour.

2. The Barney Ford House Museum - a tribute to Barney Ford, ex-slave, entrepreneur, and civil rights pioneer.

3. The 1875 Edwin Carter Museum - a tribute to our "log cabin naturalist."

4. The Rotary Snowplow Park - commemorates courageous railroaders.

5. The Iowa Hill Hydraulic Park - 1.5 mile self-guided, interpretive mining site hike.

Two up-coming events:

July 23 - Iowa Hill Hydraulic Mine Guided Tour.

July 26 - Valley Brook Historic Victorian Cemetery Guided Tour.

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