History of Breckenridge
March 10th, 2016
The historic town of Breckenridge, Colorado is nestled in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 9,600 feet. Known for its beautiful scenery, one of a kind microbreweries, and outdoor activities, Breckenridge is an amazing place for your next family reunion or weekend getaway.
The town was founded by General George E Spencer in November of 1859. The town began to flourish when settlers found gold deposits in Idaho Springs, a town east of Breckenridge by about 50 miles. Gold mining became the focus of the town until the mid 1800’s when it began to slow down. Production was revived in the early 1900’s with gold dredging operations along the Swan and Blue River.
Located at the base of the Ten Mile Range, the town attracts winter and summer outdoor enthusiasts of all types. During the winter months, Breckenridge is flooded with winter lovers in search of the best powder. The sport of skiing was introduced to the town in December of 1961. A few trials were carved onto Peak 8 and funneled into present day Ski Hill Road. The resort gradually expanded to add Peaks 9 and 10 on the south end of town and Peaks 7 and 6 on the northwest side.
As the town transitions from winter to summer, locals and tourists alike will take advantage of the countless mountain biking trails, hiking, horseback riding, and of course, the beloved Lake Dillon.
Breckenridge is largely a tourist destination with approximately 4,500 year-round residents. During peak season, the town population can surge anywhere from 30,000 to 40,000 inhabitants. Ask any local why they moved to this mountain haven and your answer will most likely resemble, “I came for the winter, ended up staying for the summer, and never left.”
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