This week in Summit history: Breckenridge has big Labor Day celebration and everyone has good time |

This week in Summit history: Breckenridge has big Labor Day celebration and everyone has good time

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
This Week in History
The Breckenridge school building in 1898. Before the structure was torn down in 1908 or 1909, the bell tower was removed from the Breck schoolhouse and placed on the 1899-built Frisco "saloon turned schoolhouse" around this time. Breckenridge architect Elias Nashold designed the bell tower/original Breck schoolhouse (he also designed the Barney Ford home). ​It's a mystery if the original bell was moved with the cupola or not.
Courtesy of the Dr. Sandra F. Pritchard Mather Archive |

This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of Sept. 5-9, 1916.

The Labor Day celebration in Breckenridge last Sunday and Monday, was a complete success from every view point. It not only proved that this camp and its people are capable of doing things in an entirely up-to-date way, but that they are capable also of affording a good time for others and know full well how to have a good time themselves.

New mining company increases acreage on Gibson Hill

Since the announcement by The Journal last week of the purchase and consolidation of several groups of mining claims on Gibson Hill by Samuel Kious, further information is given out this week that the holding of the company which will undertake the development of the properties concerned have been increased by the purchase of an additional acreage, making the territory of the company amount to upwards of 160 acres of valuable mineral land.

Breckenridge welcomes couple

Harold Kaiser and his bride arrived Thursday afternoon from Denver, where they were married Thursday. The bride was formerly Miss Merle Smith and in 1913 was a teacher in the public school here. She therefore, is not a stranger among Breckenridge people, who extend a warm welcome to the young people. The bridegroom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Kaiser, is a highly esteemed young man and a graduate of Boulder University.

Many attend funeral

The funeral of Kathryn McAdoo, who died Friday morning of last week in Denver was held last Sunday evening upon the arrival of the train bearing the body. Many friends attended and offered many floral tokens and a manifestation of their sympathy and sorrow.

Population of Breckenridge rises

Breckenridge’s population is increasing. School enrollment shows it, and the scarcity of houses is still another emphatic proof. The hotels are crowded and transients have much difficulty in obtaining accommodations.

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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