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Walking Tour

Take a Hike!

With a chill in the air and the aspens rapidly changing color, it’s the perfect time to join the BHA for an autumn hike. Explore an authentic Colorado ghost town on the Preston Hike, view the remains of the gold-gobbling Reiling Dredge Boat on the French Gulch Hike, or check out a restored miner’s boarding house on the Iowa Hill Hike!

Blog Posts

21 October

This Week in History: October 20-24, 1914

As reported by the “Summit County Journal” and “Breckenridge Bulletin” 100 years ago and brought to you by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance today!


Do those who advocate the absolute prohibition of the manufacture and sale of all alcoholic liquors realize the seriousness of the social and economic crisis that would be precipitated by such legislation? Are they aware of the fact that not less than three million people and their properties valued in the aggregate at perhaps two billion…

12 October

This Week in History: October 13-17, 1914

This Week in Breckenridge History: October 13-17, 1914

As reported by the “Summit County Journal” and “Breckenridge Bulletin” 100 years ago and brought to you by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance today!


Salads of all kinds should be gently handled. That is, they should not be heavily turned, but mixed in a very large bowl, by running the fork and spoon down the sides of the dish and then gently  tossing the salad with an upward movement.

Learn more about…

17 April

“Another Little One Gone”

This stark headline appears in the Summit County Journal, 12 August 1899.


The sad story, “Another Little One Gone,” was published on page 5 of the newspaper in Breckenridge, notifying residents of the fate of the infant, Richard Matthiessen. Only three months old, the baby succumbed to the then deadly whooping cough. Laid to rest in Valley Brook Cemetery, little Richard was just one of the many victims of what we now consider a common and easily cured affliction.

03 April

Crofutt’s Grip-Sack Guide

As the west was explored and settled throughout the late 1800s, communities and towns depended on the railroad.


Not only for transporting of goods and supplies, but also for transporting potential residents. Often, when a railroad route excluded a town on its route, the community would eventually die out; being skipped was a death sentence.  It was common, and even encouraged, for the railroad company to purchase property along the tracks, and most did.

In those areas where they…

23 March

Continuing the Story: Helen Rich

This month, Breckenridge resident Helen Rich was featured on the Western History & Genealogy blog, from the Denver Public Library.


(You can read the post here.)


We decided to do just a bit more digging into this infamous Breckenridge resident, and found a few very interesting documents to compliment the overview provided by the Western History & Genealogy Blog.


Helen Rich was known to have been well traveled and well educated during her lifetime. Born in Sauk…