Summit  County Courthouse -1911 - (

Summer 1859- Gold is discovered along the Blue River and a base camp, later to be known as Breckenridge, is established. While none
of this base camp remains today, Breckenridge does contain more than 350 historic structures, making it the largest historic district in
the state of Colorado.

Breckenridge got its name when the town wanted a post office. The townspeople thought they could increase their odds of getting one if
they named their town after the nation's Vice President at the time, John Breckinridge. The idea worked and Breckinridge got its post
office. But when civil war broke out in 1864, John Breckinridge sided with the south and the pro-Union citizens of Breckinridge wanted the
town's name changed. The solution was easy: change an i to an e, and it's been Breckenridge ever since

The Dredge Bar & Restaurant is an authentic piece of mining equipment from the 1800s. Make sure to visit some of the historic mining
shacks still located on the hill while skiing at Breckenridge!

The largest gold nugget ever found in North America was discovered in Breckenridge on July 3, 1887 by a man named Tom Groves. The
single nugget weighed 151 oz. and was about the size of an adult human head. It was dubbed "Tom's Baby" because Mr. Groves
paraded it around town like a new-born child. Whatever happened to the nugget is still one of Breckenridge's great mysteries.

            The haunted & historic Brown Hotel & Restaurant
                                               208 N. Ridge
                                              (970) 453-0084


                    All of the following photos were taken by All rights reserved, please



Owner of the Brown Hotel: Michael Cavanaugh

Have a seat at the 120 year old bar and ask Mike about the ghosts that live there.....

Breckenridge has retained a large chunk of that legacy in the more than 350 town buildings listed on the National Historic Register.
Locals swear some of those buildings are still haunted by the miners who once called Breckenridge home. So convinced is local Ariane
Oettinger that she has never entered the restroom in The Brown Hotel for fear of running into the establishment's infamous ghost. Mrs.
Whitney was shot by her lover in an upstairs bedroom of the hotel after he discovered she had ulterior motives-namely money-for
sleeping with him. Locals claim she haunts the 1860s structure to this day by slamming doors and emptying water glasses and relish
trays. People also report feeling unexplained cold spots inside the building.

(Ski Magazine)

Breck’s most intriguing nightspot is a certifiably haunted renovated hotel a block off Main Street, home to a long bar that seems straight
out of “The Shining,” plus a full pool and shuffleboard room. Free appetizers, a friendly flow of liquor and the opportunity to explore some
slightly spooky surroundings upstairs make for a cool evening.

                                   The Gold Pan Saloon
                                                                          103 N. Main St.

The Gold Pan is one of the oldest saloons in Colorado.

It is the oldest continuously operated bar West of the Mississippi.

Immersed in mining history, the Gold Pan Saloon and Restaurant offers a glimpse of a "rough and ready" Breckenridge, when at any
moment the swinging saloon doors might slap open and admit a thirsty prospector. Built around 1879 as the Herman Strauss Saloon, the
bar side of this complex has spent most of its days as a smoke-filled, whiskey-scented dining and amusement hall. The most well-known
of these establishments was the Palace Restaurant which attracted customers with a large fish aquarium in the front window, stocked
with "speckled beauties". Documented as the most continuous operating liquor license west of the Mississippi, the building has also
served as a dry goods store and as a gas station. Over the years, the Gold Pan Bar has been one of the first saloons visited by a local.
Locally owned and operated, the Gold Pan provides visitors with a rustic atmosphere to relax and enjoy a drink and delicious food.


             The Sylvia the ghost at the haunted Prospector Restaurant

                                                                           130 South Main Street

Sylvia is one of Breckenridge's most enduring personalities. A miner's widow living in Breckenridge in the 1860's she occupied a
women's boarding house on Main Street and is said by many to still occupy the building. Sylvia was said to be a prospector herself,
(though of suitors, not gold), but failed to strike it rich and passed away alone. Today visitors can try to spot Sylvia themselves at the
former boarding house, now The Prospector Restaurant, located at 130 S. Main Street. Local lore suggests that she only reveals herself
to males, still in hope of finding a mate.

(Vail Resorts Management Company)


Haunting tales are arising out of the Country Boy Mine in Breckenridge

Special to the Daily
Summit County, CO
Summit Daily News

Friday, May 16, 2008

BRECKENRIDGE — If ghosts DO exist, it certainly seems like the perfect place for them to hang out. At least, that’s what some locals —
and tourists — are beginning to believe.

At 900 feet below ground, the Country Boy Mine in Breckenridge, with its 2,000 feet of maze-like tunnels winding around in pitch-black
darkness, seems like a ghostly playground just waiting for the spirit world to inhabit it. If you looked up the word “spooky” in the
dictionary, there should be a photo of the Country Boy right next to the definition.

And photos, indeed, may be at the heart of something big happening there after all.

“I’m a very scientific, rational person, and I need proof for everything,” says Country Boy owner/operator Paul Hintgen. “But visitors have
been e-mailing us saying that they’re seeing things on their film.”

The first e-mail came from a visitor last summer, who got home, started loading his digital photos on his computer — and noticed that
one looked completely different.

“All the photos before and after this one were of the same shot and looked normal, but this one had a mysterious fog-like image of a
person inside the mine — you can even point out his features and his beard,” said Hintgen, pointing to an image that eerily outlines a
miner pushing a cart.

“Then we got another e-mail from someone else who had taken a photo of his daughter, in a very well-lit area in back of the mine near
the ore carts,” Hintgen continued. “It’s lit by halogen lamps, which is why our tourists often take their photos there.”

When the digital photo was loaded onto his computer, the photographer was surprised to see a flame of mist encompassing and
surrounded the daughter.

“You can see this figure, like a torso, standing directly behind the daughter, with its arms going around her shoulders like she’s being
hugged,” said Hintgen. “In that area of the mine, you should be seeing bright lights and ‘Do Not Enter’ and ore carts in the back — but
that part of the photo is completely black.”

That’s when Paul and his wife Cindy started hearing unsettling things from their tour guides as well.

“Each morning, one of the tour guides goes inside alone first to inspect the mine and monitor the air quality,” Hintgen said. “One of them
told me that when he was done with his inspection at the back and was walking out, somebody pushed him from behind on the shoulder
so hard that he stumbled forward. He was alone down there, and he knows that he didn’t trip — something pushed him. He even tells
people about it in his tour,” Hintgen added.

Hintgen decided to share these stories with the producers of the popular Sci-Fi channel show, “Ghost Hunters.”

“I would love to get these guys to spend the night in the mine,” he said. “It would be totally different than the haunted house thing. After
all, it takes people out of their comfort zone, to go into a dark hole in the ground.”

While there has never been a documented accident in the Country Boy Mine, there have been local legends of occurrences happening
there, as well as in other area mines.

In the February 28, 1936 issue of the Summit County Journal, writer Ed Auge chronicled the activities of the nearby Wellington Mine
during the grueling winter of 1912. While describing the mine’s various stopes — the openings or rooms made in a mine during the
process of ore extraction — he made reference to an area called the “Ghost Stope.”

“The stope received its name from the story that was told of seeing a headless man prowling around there,’ Auge writes. “Many who are
superstitious or too weak to conquer their own imaginations refuse to work there.”

Hintgen’s story of the possible Country Boy Mine haunting was selected to be included in the Ghost Hunters website Map of Haunted
America. You can go to the site and vote for it — it’s Case #3243 at — and you can also
write in your own experiences of hauntings in Breckenridge. If the site garners enough Breckenridge votes or stories, there’s a chance
that the Ghost Hunters team may come and film an episode in the area.

You can also go to and look at the ghost photos already posted — or submit your own, if you’ve had an other-
worldly experience there.
So the question for Paul Hintgen is, does he believe in ghosts?

“If you’d asked me that two weeks ago, I’d have said no,” he says.
Does that mean ...?

“If you ask me that today,” Hintgen admits, “I would have to say that yes, I have experienced something — as recently as a week ago.”

Stay tuned.


Country Boy Mine
Breckenridge Sleigh Rides
PO Box 2332
0542 French Gulch Road
Breckenridge, Colorado 80424
Phone: 970.453.4405   Fax: 970.453.8991

                                                               Valley Brook Cemetery

                                                                              Guided Tours

Visit the final resting place of many of Breckenridge's early pioneers, and learn all about them, their deeds and misdeeds.

Call for information

The first cemetery in Breckenridge was just southwest of the Broken Lance Road/State Highway 9 intersection at the south end of town.
All but one of those early graves, that of Baby Eberlein, were moved to Valley Brook Cemetery in 1882. In 1997, the infant girl’s grave
was moved next to the graves of her mother and brother in the Masonic section of the cemetery.

Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
(800) 980-1859

Valley Brook Cemetery info & history

The first cemetery in Breckenridge was just southwest of the Broken Lance Road/State Highway 9 intersection at the south end of town.
All but one of those early graves, that of Baby Eberlein, were moved to Valley Brook Cemetery in 1882. In 1997, the infant girl's grave
was moved next to the graves of her mother and brother in the Masonic section of the cemetery.

Valley Brook Cemetery is laid out in streets and circles, with small brooks (thus its name) running through it. The brooks simplify plot
irrigation. Valley Brook is really two cemeteries, both platted in 1882 and delineated with markers. The 150-grave Masonic cemetery lies
to the south above Cucumber Creek. Owned by Lodge No. 47 A.F. & A.M., it is reserved for burial of its members and their families. In
1896, groups of lots were sold to the Joseph A. Mower G.A.R. Post (where the flagpole and Memory to the Unknown cross stand), to the
Improved Order of Red Men Kiowa Tribe No. 6, to the International Order of Odd Fellows Blue River Lodge No. 49 and to the Knights of
Pythias Gold Nugget Lodge for burial of their members and families. The town cemetery, at the north end, included several sections:
Catholic (west of the sexton house), Methodist/Episcopal and Loyalist, as well as a Potter's Field. The latter consists of a double line of
graves, all unmarked except for Bob Lott's, on the east side. Before Social Security, many a worker, especially a miner, ended up with
nothing after a lifetime of hard work. Unless his friends or fraternal order buried him, Summit County interred him in the pauper section.

North of the entrance road is the sexton house, built in 1904. Also in 1904 the Lincoln City Cemetery was moved to Valley Brook
because placer mining forced the relocation of that entire town. The two large plots at the western edge of the cemetery contain graves
removed from the towns of Robinson/Recen and Kokomo; they were moved to make way for the Climax Molybdenum Mine's settling

Many of the headstones are handcarved out of local materials such as marble from Marble, Colorado. The historical fences around the
various plots are a unique blend of ornate posts with chains, delicate baby wire, filigreed wrought-iron gates, arches, early wooden
pickets, concrete barriers and stone pillars.

Directions: The Valley View Cemetery is located near the intersection of Airport Road and Valley Brook Road on the northern side of
Breckenridge. From Blue River Plaza in the center of Breckenridge, proceed north on Main Street (toward Frisco) for one block to the
stoplight at Main and Lincoln. Turn left (west) and proceed one block to Park Ave. Turn right onto Park Ave. and proceed approximately
one-half mile to Airport road. Turn left onto Airport Road and proceed north approximately one-half mile past the Library and
Breckenridge Rec Center to Valley Brook Road. The cemetary is on the left (west) side of the road.


                            Annual Halloween Haunted House

                    at the historic 1896 W.H. Briggle House & Museum!

Please call for exact dates and times

Visit former Summit County residents who have “passed to the other side.”

Don't  be surprised if you are joined at the festivities by some well-known, local historical characters---
maybe even Mrs. Briggle!!

The William Harrison Briggle House
104 N. Harris Street
Summit Historical Society - (970) 453-9022

Some historical society volunteers claim that this old Victorian mansion is absolutely haunted.

his 1890s Victorian residence was home to a prominent Breckenridge family. The home has been restored to its period condition and
contains furnishings and artifacts that depict early Breckenridge life. The home is adjacent to the Alice G. Milne Park, which contains an
example of an 1880s and an 1870s home.

Open for tea and tours.
Call for directions and hours. (970) 453-9022

The Breckenridge district is listed on the Secretary of Interior National Register of Historic Places and is one of the largest historic
districts in Colorado . It contains many early homes from log cabins to stately Victorian residences. Self-guided walking tour brochures
are available free of charge. (970) 453-9022

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