Summer in Breckenridge, a GOLDEN Opportunity

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Haley Rogers writes, Did you know that next year is the 150th anniversary of the Town of Breckenridge?

Did you know that next year is the 150th anniversary of the Town of Breckenridge? It all started because Rubin Spalding came looking for gold in the Rocky Mountains back in 1859. One great place to learn about gold is by touring the Washington Mine in Breckenridge. At the beginning of the tour, your guide will give you a ton of information about gold mining in Breckenridge. After that you will enter a little cabin where you can look down at two of the original shafts of the mine. Both shafts go down 80 feet, but they are boarded up at 20 feet. Next it is time to grab a hard hat, a flashlight, and enter the mine! The adit, the mines horizontal passage, is reconstructed to look like a mine in the 1800’s. If you are interested in going further into a mine, I would suggest the Country Boy Mine, also in Breckenridge”I’m doing this because I wanted to see what my great, great grandpa’s life was like,” explained Gordon Brownlow, our tour guide, whose great, great grandfather worked as a miner in Montana.”My favorite part about working here is the kids, and finding gold” said Brownlow. The Washington Mine is just outside of Breckenridge, and costs $5 for adults, and $3 dollars for kids. The tours are operated by the Breckenridge Historical Society. It is a fun place to visit this summer, and a great experience where you’ll learn lots.

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