BRECKENRIDGE A BRIEF HISTORY
AND TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Part III

 

 

BRECKENRIDGE SUMMIT COUNTY COLORADO
ITS HISTORY AND PLACES OF INTEREST

 

 

BRECKENRIDGE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY



Breckenridge in Recent Times: from a Mining Town to a Modern Ski Resort

Mining continued until the outbreak of the II World War but was in steady decline. Many decided to leave the town. The first decades were characterised by a steady decline in numbers. Mining activity ceased completely in the 1940's leaving Breckenridge in a sort of limbo. It had to survive 20 years of economic stagnation. However, numbers were still sufficient to keep the town going until the arrival of tourists and the skiing industry.

One curious incident deserves to be mentioned. In 1930 Breckenridge and an area of just under one hundred miles long were nowhere to be found on official US maps. This has given origin to a curious festival every August known as the first “Ullr Dag” festival celebrated in Breckenridge, now known as Ullr Fest when Breckenridge declares itself free and sovereign. This festival dates back to 1963.

In the 1960s an event as important as that of the arrival of the railway in the 1880s marked a turning point in the fortunes of Breckenridge. In December 1961 Rounds and Porter, a timber Company announced a new project for the town, the construction of the Breckenridge Ski Area and an influx of people far outnumbering that of the original gold prospectors definitively changed the face of the town, giving it a new leash of life. Access to the town was greatly facilitated by the construction of the Eisenhower Tunnel, on Interstate 70. This was completed in 1973 and significantly reduced travelling time from Denver to Breckenridge. Breckenridge may have once been omitted from official US maps but it is now clearly on maps of many tourist. This no man's land is now the land of tourists of all sorts. Hikers, skiers, golfers and cyclists flock to the area each year and the population of Breckenridge has increased a hundredfold during the 20th century.

 

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