Colorado gold rush history: Dec. 7-11, 1915 |

Colorado gold rush history: Dec. 7-11, 1915

Compiled by Breckenridge
Heritage Alliance
Special to the Daily
A train rolls through Boreas Pass in the summer of 1898.
Summit Historical Society Photograph Collection, 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 Dec. 7–11, 1915.


The Dunkin mine distinguished itself again last Saturday by tendering its owners and leasers a tidy little fortune of about $25,000 in one day — a record few mines have made, but one which the Dunkin has achieved on three occasions. A mass gold containing some rock was uncovered by the leasers, and its richness is almost astounding — astounding to all except those familiar with the possibilities of Farncomb and N—er* hill mines. Within a few hours, 165 pounds of the rich material were taken out and placed in the vault of Engle bank, which has been a mecca toward which Breckenridge people have traveled in large numbers during the past week. Even in Summit County it is seldom that such ore is encountered. It is estimated to be worth between twenty and twenty-five thousand dollars — that is conservatively speaking.


Dr. Joseph F. Condon, aged 48 years, for 24 years a resident of Breckenridge, during which time he engaged in the practice of his profession, ministering constantly and faithfully to those about him, died at 6:15 Sunday morning last, at St. Luke’s hospital, Leadville, where he had been taken Saturday evening with the hope that the hospital facilities and medical skill of that place would relieve his condition sufficiently to permit his removal to Denver later.

Few deaths have caused such profound grief and regret in Breckenridge.


When Sheriff Detwiler returned from Leadville Tuesday, he brought with him Clyde Barber, who was arrested by Leadville authorities at the request of the sheriff’s office here, charged with neglecting to pay a board bill which he owed the Denver hotel. Barber, who had been in the employ of the Wellington mine, left town two weeks ago, after drawing his pay and overlooked certain important negotiations with Host Brewer. His arrest was the result. He was tried Tuesday before Justice of the Peace Blair and sentenced to 15 days in county jail, of which he is now sole occupant.


Walter J. Radford, who for the past two months has been prospecting the Blue River placer ground of the Lambing placer as it is perhaps more familiarly known, has ceased operations for the season, and on Friday, departed for Berkeley, California, where he will remain until next March, when he will return and resume prospecting. He states the results of his drilling have been highly gratifying and that much rich ground has been revealed. The owners of the ground, most of who are Long Island people, will commence dredging the ground at an early date and will either install a complete new dredging system or will arrange with the Tonopah company for development of the ground.


As a result of the petition from the business men of Breckenridge to W.C. Mulford, chief mail dispatcher at Denver, all mail from Denver to Breckenridge will be routed over the Colorado & Southern and will reach this place in the afternoon instead of going over the Rido Grande by way of Leadville, which frequently prevents the arrival of mail at this point on time, compelling a wait of 36 hours.

*This official name of the hill at the time is an offensive euphemism for black people.

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