This week in Summit County history: The St. John’s Mine and other Montezuma property are short of help
November 18, 2017
This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago.
In the Montezuma district we find that the St. John's mine is the most active. It is operated under the management of E.C. (illegible) and the force has been lately increased. This property is being worked by an English company and great difficulties growing out of the war have to be overcome. The St. John's is an old time producer in Summit County and one of the first to operate successfully. Besides the St. John's, several other properties in this district are being operated by leasers. Most of these are taking out high grade ore and many of them are offering employment to one or more miners. The shortage of help is being felt here as in all the mining camps in the area.
Old landmark passes
The building at the corner of Lincoln and Main Street, known as the Corner Saloon, will soon be a thing of the past. This is one of the landmarks of the early days of Breckenridge, and with its passing many a good old story will be buried. The town bought this property some time ago, and has torn down all of the additions, but the front log building. The back part of the lots have now been filled in, by building a cribbing up along the river bank, and this front will soon be set back in the alley, facing Lincoln Avenue. Later on it will be converted into a city hall and clerk's office. The city scales will be set in front of the building so this will be a more desirable place than where they are now.
"Let nation give thanks for chance to serve," says president in call. President Wilson issued his 1917 Thanksgiving Proclamation calling upon the nation, even in the midst of sorrow and great peril of a world shaken by war to thank God for blessings that are better than mere peace of mind and prosperity of enterprise.
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The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance is a nonprofit founded to promote and protect Breckenridge's unique heritage. The organization offers year-round guided tours and hikes. Go to BreckHeritage.com or call 970-453-9767.