This week in Summit County history: Leadville and Breckenridge people have a good time |

This week in Summit County history: Leadville and Breckenridge people have a good time

Compiled by Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
This Week in History
This photo is of a horse and a dog at the top of Deming Mountain near Buffalo Mountain. The sign reads "N. Ten Mile Creek 3, Dillon 9" with arrows directing hikers towards either destination. At the top of Deming Mountain is a cap with the name of the mountain inscribed, as well as a canister with a notebook for hikers to write down their thoughts. This photo was taken in 1941. Inscribed on the back is "Deming Mountain" and on the front "God's Country 1941," certainly a sentiment most of us can relate to when we hike to the top of a peak and overlook Summit County.
Courtesy Frisco Historic Park & Museum |

This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of Aug. 15-19, 1916.

Sunday last was a day of some consequence in Breckenridge. It was notable principally for the large number of visitors in town and the good time they as well as Breckenridge people had.

Of course the day and events of the day were planned especially for pleasure and the benefit of Leadville people by Leadville and they came to this old town over 500 strong and showed us how to have a good time. The occasion was the first annual picnic of the Leadville lodge of Yeotnen and Breckenridge looked like a good place to have the picnic and all the amusements appertaining thereto.

Excursionists get married in Breckenridge

One interesting and pleasant event of last Sunday in which the public did not have part was the marriage of a Leadville young couple who were members of the excursion to Breckenridge. The contracting parties were Miss Covella McEachern, daughter of Leadville’s city marshal and John Doyle. The wedding ceremony was performed by Dr. W. W. Gilerson during the progress of the picnic festivities here and no one, not even their most intimate friends knew what had taken place until a day or two after the picnic.

Modern practice in mining at Leadville

Perhaps nothing in recent months has more clearly shown the progress in the mining industry through improved machinery, new treatment methods and the larger saving of values through the project of big mines at Leadville, Colorado, which have lain idle for years. The higher prices for metals now prevailing naturally have their influences in modern mining operations, but the scientific advancement. In all matters pertaining to production is the important, dominating factor in making abandoned mies well worth reopening.

Port of missing wheels

Perhaps you have wondered what has become of all the old bicycles. Not so long ago everybody had one—father, mother, children and aunts from the country. And then, in the night, motor cars got cheaper and all the bicycles disappeared. Like the Palm Beach suits they are all here in Florida. There are bicycles everywhere, on the flat, hard, beautiful roads, on the curbstones, leaning against the plazzas, in the streets.

Hotel collapses

Five person were injured, two seriously and one probably fatally, when the Capital hotel at Lincoln, Neb., collapsed.

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance is a nonprofit organization founded to promote and protect Breckenridge’s unique heritage. The organization offers year-round guided tours and hikes. Go to or call (970) 453-9767 for more information.

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