Historic Town Timeline

1800 - 1899

    1859 - Breckinridge founded — gold discovered along the Blue River
    1860 - Breckenridge builds a post office and town population reaches 75-100. The town's first stagecoach arrives
    1861 - Town changes its spelling to BreckENridge after former U.S. Vice President namesake becomes a Confederate Brigadier General in the Civil War
    1870 - Hydraulic Placer Mine introduced
    1879 - Father Dyer "The Itinerant Preacher" starts his church
    1880 - Gold-mining boom time and Breckenridge established its historic fire department during a raging forest fire that threatened to destroy the town
    1882 - South Park and Pacific Railroads constructed a Breckenridge depot with rail service to Breckenridge over Boreas Pass
    1887 - "Tom's Baby" — a 13.5-pound gold nugget discovered near Breckenridge
    1889 - Breckenridge population exploded to number in the 1000s
    1898 - Pug Ryan and his gang held up Breckenridge's elaborate Denver Hotel. It snowed in Breck for 79 days straight, forcing townspeople to build snow tunnels to get around town

1900 - 1999

    1900 - Phones and electricity introduced to town. The Denver Times describes Breckenridge as "a camp that has turned out more gold with less work than any camp in Colorado."
    1936 - "Kingdom of Breckenridge" first included in US Map
    1942 - World War II forces the end of the dredging industry
    1960 - Breckenridge population dwindles to 393
    1961 - Breckenridge Ski Area opens Peak 8
    1963 - First "Ullr Dag" festival celebrated in Breckenridge, now known as Ullr Fest
    1971 - Peak 9 opens
    1973 - Eisenhower Tunnel completed on Interstate 70
    1981 - Historic structures entered as a National Register Historic District
    1985 - Peak 10 opens
    1990 - Breckenridge population builds to 1,285
    1993 - Riverwalk Center and Peak 7 opens
    1999 - Breckenridge population jumps to 2,399

2000 - Present

    2001 - Breckenridge Golf Club opens 9 new holes for a total of 27 holes — all Jack Nicklaus-designed (Only such course in country)
    2003 - Breckenridge population swells to 3,182
    2004 - Barney Ford House Museum opens
    2005 - Breckenridge Ski Resort opens the Imperial Express chairlift — the highest lift in North America at 12,840 feet
    2007 - Grand opening of the BreckConnect Gondola, directly linking the town and the ski resort
    2013 - Breckenridge Ski Resort opens Peak 6, increasing the resort's skiable acreage by 23%

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