Reiling Gold Dredge

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Built in 1908, the Reiling Gold Dredge was the eighth dredge used to mine gold-bearing ground in the Breckenridge area. Until 1922, when it sank in a small pond in French Gulch, the Reiling Dredge moved up and down French Creek extracting gold from the bedrock. Still highly preserved in its final resting spot, the Reiling Dredge underwent a state-of-the-art mapping and documentation assessment in 2008 and 2009. Using the most modern, cutting edge technologies, the assessment analyzed the current state of the dredge boat and included aerial, terrestrial and underwater mapping. This project was funded by the State Historical Fund of the Colorado Historical Society and the Town of Breckenridge.

In an effort to prevent the dredge from complete collapse due to heavy wind or snow loads, the BHA installed cables from the superstructure of the dredge to anchors at the pond edge in 2012.

What lies ahead for the Reiling Dredge?

With funding provided in part by the State Historical Fund, the BHA completed a Preservation Plan for the Reiling Dredge in 2014 and 2015. The plan outlines options for future preservation and interpretation, and was developed through the BHA in coordination with Breckenridge Community Development, Breckenridge Open Space and Trails, Summit County Open Space and Trails and History Colorado. The Preservation Plan was awarded the President's Award of Excellence for Planning by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Read the full preservation master plan here: Reiling Dredge Preservation Plan

In February 2015, the Reiling Dredge was nominated to Colorado Preservation Inc.'s Endangered Places List. The program builds awareness of important historic sites that are at risk of being lost. Click here to a view a short video about the Reiling Dredge nomination.

Throughout 2015, the BHA has managed a hydrology study of the Reiling Dredge pond as well as stabilization work. The goal of the hydrology study is to better understand how the dredge pond water level fluctuates, how water fills the pond/the water source and whether the pond level can ultimately be raised or lowered. In addition, portions of the dredge deck were cleaned of debris and fallen dredge timbers were inventoried, pulled from the pond and stacked on the dredge deck.

For more information on the Reiling Dredge, contact Larissa O'Neil at 970-453-9767 x101 or email