Breckenridge: A real town with gold-rush history |

Breckenridge: A real town with gold-rush history

Any town that can get away with hosting a winter Ullr Fest parade ” which has been known to include streekers ” and a high-class summer orchestral series clearly has it goin’ on.

Breckenridge offers something for everyone. Main Street is a T-shirt- and souvenir-lovers dream for tourists and a great place for locals to go out on the town. The Riverwalk Center provides myriad entertainment ” from the National Repertory Orchestra (made up of some of the best up-and-coming musicians in the world) and the professional Breckenridge Music Festival orchestra to dance companies and blues, rock and jam bands.

Breckenridge is becoming an artists’ Mecca, with its many galleries and the Arts District, the latter of which provides classes for kids and adults. The Backstage Theatre is the oldest performing company in the county, providing high-quality dramas, comedies, musicals and more. For nature lovers, the Breckenridge Nature Center offers plenty of activities.

History buffs should check out houses full of artifacts, such as Barney Ford, Edwin Carter and the Main Street Historical museums. Each have fascinating stories about the towns that originated during the 19th century gold rush.

And how can you beat a town nestled below a ski resort? ≈

Blue River is a tiny dot in Summit County, a town of 2.2 square miles, located at 10,020 feet. It’s the nearest town south of Breckenridge, approximately 4 miles. Though it doesn’t have any retail services, more affordable single-family homes stand between pines and spruces. The community also offers access to hiking and climbing, including Quandary Peak. ≈


9,603 feet



Town Hall:

(970) 453-2251; 150 Ski Hill Rd.


Ernie Blake


Average home sale transaction price:

Breckenridge, 2006: $547,425*

Average home sale transaction price:

Breckenridge Golf Course, 2006:


* Source: Land Title Guarantee Company.

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