Breckenridge Colorado

Breckenridge Colorado was established in November, 1859.  The area was still a territory and new settlers were pushing their way further west.

General George Spencer founded the town and picked the name "Breckinridge" (note the spelling), after the Vice President of the U.S., John C. Breckinridge.

He had hopes that a post office would be erected in the town, putting it on the map.  The V.P was flattered and Spencer had his post office, which was the first west of the continental divide and the Utah territory.

The spelling of the town as it is today came about during the Civil War.  Vice President Breckinridge sided with the Confederacy and the townspeople changed the name to Breckenridge, as it stands today.

Prospectors first discovered the area of now Summit County, during the Pikes Peak gold rush of 1859.

Placer gold was found east of Idaho Springs in the present area of Breckenridge.  The town was founded to help the miners who worked the placer gold along the Blue and Swan Rivers.

A grocery, mining supply store, saloon and other merchants set up in the tent cities around the gold fields.

One of the early prospectors was a fellow named Edwin Carter.  With the gold giving out, he soon changed his mind about getting rich and became a wildlife naturalist.

His log cabin, which he built in 1875, still stands today as a tribute to Carter and the gold rush days of Breckenridge.

In the 1930's, a map from the late 1800's was found that did not show the town.  It caused a stir because many thought that Breckenridge was not part of the U.S.

This made national news.  In 1936, the Governor of Colorado came to Breckenridge, raised a flag on the courthouse roof and brought the town into the U.S.

There was a huge celebration and today, the town's spirit is shown in the annual "Kingdom Days" every June.

There are so many activities to see and do in Breckenridge.  Skiing in the winter, fishing, biking, hiking, boating, wildlife watching, etc. in the summer.

You can find everything you need to know about the town of Breckenridge at its website and plan your perfect historic journey.


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