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Receding shoreline of Lake Dillon reveals part of Summit County’s railroad history

October 11, 2018 — The receding shoreline of Lake Dillon uncovered an important part of Summit County's railroad history: the remains of the railroad facilities at Dickey, located at the southern end of the reservoir. In the early 1880s, two railroads fought for the mining business of the county.

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This Week in History: Mining Activities of Summit County

August 18, 2018 — 100 years (and one week!) ago in history – August 17, 1918 The big Jessie property in Gold Run, under the management of Geo. F. Roth of Rochester, New York, is milling considerable quantities of good grade gold ore from the lower level of the

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This Week in History: Mrs. Mary Bagby dies in Los Angeles

July 14, 2018 — This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago. Mrs. Mary Bagby, the eldest sister of Mrs. O.K. Gaymon, died at her home in Los Angeles July 2, and was cremated in that city on July 4th. Mrs. Gaymon was

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43rd annual 10th Mountain Division Memorial Ceremony celebrates heroes, history

June 13, 2018 — SKI COOPER — Every one of them is a story to be told, or a history lesson, and always a reminder to remain grateful. Vail’s Hugh Evans, 94, trained with the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale in 1943 and fought with the 10th through

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This Week in History: News of interest about the district

June 9, 2018 — News of interest about the district This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kaiser spent last Saturday evening in Kokomo attending a reception for Jos. Bryant Jr., who was home from the army on

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77 years after its creation, 10th Mountain Division’s story continues to unfold for some

April 26, 2018 — Breckenridge resident Christie O'Neil paid close attention to every detail as retired U.S. Marine Colonel Thomas Duhs relayed historic tidbits during his 90-minute presentation on the World War II history of the 10th Mountain Division. O'Neil was one of more than 50 people who filled

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Summit Historical Society comes to a crossroads as president nears retirement

April 25, 2018 — The president of the Summit Historical Society will be stepping down in August, a departure that will potentially lead to a lull in activity by the group as it continues divesting itself of historic properties to cut down on expenses. Sandie Mather, one of the

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This Week in History: Serious leak in office of well-known engineering company, men suspected

April 21, 2018 — This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago. There has been a serious leak in the office of the Everett Engineering Company and the firm name, which had always stood for honor and integrity in West Virginia, was under

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Breckenridge legend Barney Ford inducted into the Denver and Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame

April 9, 2018 — One of Breckenridge's most famous historic figures, Barney Ford, was posthumously inducted into the Denver and Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame last month, according to a news release from the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. Born a slave in Virginia in 1822, Ford achieved fame and fortune

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Listen to history: The construction of the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel, the highest vehicle tunnel in America

March 29, 2018 — Completed in the 1970s, the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel was an incredible feat of transportation engineering, at one point in history standing as the highest vehicular tunnel in the world. Construction of the tunnels took some lives, and ended up costing more than twice the original

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Breckenridge trailblazer Barney Ford nominated for episode of ‘Colorado Experience’

March 26, 2018 — Summit Public Radio & TV is hoping people will support having Barney Ford featured in a locally focused episode of "Colorado Experience," the award-winning TV show from Rocky Mountain PBS. SPRTV is no stranger to local events involving the show that explores Colorado history, and

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This Week in Summit County History: Denver dining room delights Breckenridge

March 24, 2018 — Editor's note: The following was extracted from the March 23, 1918, edition of the Summit County Journal. The opening of the Denver Hotel Dining Room last Sunday evening was a decided success and far exceeded the expectations of the and proved that the people of

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Photos: Summit County Ski Museum offers glimpse into the evolution of a winter sport

March 24, 2018 — Nestled between the shops on 308 South Main Street in Breckenridge, the Summit County Ski Museum has vintage equipment and clothing used by skiers since the 1800s. Inside the museum, the visual timeline will guide you through the innovations and changes in the sport over

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Listen to history: True South Park murder stories from the 1800s

March 22, 2018 — The latest Frisco Historic Park & Museum Winter Lecture Series presentation dove into four true murder stories from the 1800s. The events happened in Park County,  just across the Divide in Hall Valley (near Webster Pass); Jefferson (Georgia Pass); and Como (Boreas Pass). “South Park Perils:

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Frisco Historic Park and Museum hosting Women of Bill’s Ranch historic tour

March 20, 2018 — The Frisco Historic Park and Museum will be celebrating Women's History Month with a free Women of Bill's Ranch tour on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Museum staff will lead this historic tour of Frisco's Bill's Ranch community while focusing on

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Listen to history: ‘Sisters of Courage,’ one family’s journey homesteading near Grand Lake

March 15, 2018 — In the era of the Civil War, westward expansion and the Panic of 1893,  the Harbison sisters traveled from Denver to settle near Grand Lake and begin life anew. Annie and Kittie Harbison homesteaded side by side in the Kawuneeche Valley, creating a successful daily ranch

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Listen to Summit County’s history: They weren’t all prostitutes and gamblers

March 8, 2018 — Dr. Sandie Mather was the latest presenter at the Frisco Historic Park & Museum’s Winter Lecture Series. On Wednesday, March 7, Mather presented “They weren’t all prostitutes and gamblers,” about the lives of the women living in Summit County in the 1880s and 1890s. Mather

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Listen: Women of the Gold Rush; tales of prostitutes, philanthropists and other notable women of history

March 2, 2018 — On Wednesday, Feb. 28, the Frisco Historic Park and Museum's winter lecture series continued with “Women of the Gold Rush,” presented by Minneapolis jewelry designer T Lee. With the assistance of two other storytellers, Lee weaved tales of the reformed prostitute, the persistent philanthropist, the reluctant doctor,

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This Week In History: Large custom mill operating at Robinson

February 24, 2018 — This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago. Large Custom Mill Operating at Robinson At Frawley, more familiarly known as Robinson, the large mill formerly owned by the Wilson Mining Co., is in steady operation on custom ore that

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This Week in History: Mayor Alber Proclaims Week of Patriotism

February 17, 2018 — This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago. Mayor Alber Proclaims Week of Patriotism The period from Lincoln's birthday to Washington's birthday, inclusive has been proclaimed a Patriotic Season by Major Alber in obedience to the instructions from the

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