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The Summit Daily published its first issue 30 years ago on Aug. 21, 1989. We have released the following stories in celebration of our history in Summit County.

Summit County mining history runs deep after prospectors first struck gold near Breckenridge in 1859

Adventurers and fortune-seekers made a mad dash across a wild country with nothing but a dream to keep them going.

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Creation and growth of Summit County’s ski areas shaped the mountain sports community

Breckenridge Ski Resort co-founder Trygve Berge once dreamed of Breckenridge resort offering skiing all the way north to Peak 1 in Frisco with a monorail connecting the two towns.

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The history of notorious outlaw Pug Ryan and the robbery at the Denver Hotel in Breckenridge

Just before midnight Aug. 11, 1898, a group of heavily armed robbers entered the Denver Hotel in Breckenridge. The target was the hotel safe, or rather the thousands of dollars owner Robert Foote was holding inside for others in safekeeping.

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How Dillon residents moved an entire town three times before the reservoir was filled

In 1956, nearly 100 years after Summit was founded as one of Colorado’s 18 original counties, the construction of Dillon Reservoir officially began, a singular event that would change Summit County forever.

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158 years of Summit County history

A timeline of events within Summit County’s history.

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30 years of Summit Daily front pages

See the front pages of the Summit Daily throughout history.

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This week in history: Men die in mine near Keystone

November 30, 2019

This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal the week of November 29, 1919. JOHN WINTERS GAVE HIS LIFE FOR PARTNERS Carl Olson, 30, and John Winters, 27, met with death while...







Looking back on 30 years of Summit Daily publishers

August 21, 2019

Jim PavelichPublisher 1989-1993(Not pictured) Bob BrownPublisher 1993-1999 Points of pride One of the most remarkable efforts was accomplished by the Summit Daily management team and our production manager, Doug Bart: In 1995, this group coordinated...




Looking back on 30 years of Summit Daily editors

August 21, 2019

Curtis RobinsonEditor 1989-1990(not pictured) Mike KirschbaumEditor 1990-1994 Memorable stories One is “Assault by burrito” chronicling the exploits of an obviously angry fellow who didn’t like something about his order at the Frisco Taco Bell. Being...











Local historian tells the tale of the Dillon Reservoir

July 14, 2019

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct details about Roberts Tunnel, Dillon Reservoir, the spillway and the mechanism at the bottom of the dam that sends water into the Blue River. FRISCO —...