(In Summit County- Near Breckenridge)

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From www.sangres.com:

I was trying to figure out why Dillon seemed so bland as a town and then I realized this is not the original town of Dillon. The
original town of Dillon, as founded by the old gold prospectors, lies at the bottom of Dillon Reservoir. And what we see here
today is what has been built since the lake began to fill back in 1963. Don't get me wrong: Dillon is a nice place with some
great lakefront property and a good marina. But there's nothing really of a historical nature here. That Victorian
architectural charm that we have all been spoiled with in most of Colorado is simply gone. And Dillon doesn't have that
cutesy feel that some of the newer ski resorts have, so...



The Town of Dillon was incorporated on January 26, 1883 at the site of a trading post and stage stop. The Town was
moved three times; once to be closer to the railroad, a second time to be located between three rivers - the Blue, the Ten
Mile, and the Snake. The third move began in 1956 when the Denver Water Board told the townspeople that they must sell
their property and be out of town by 1961. The final location for the Town of Dillon was selected on the shore of the new
reservoir where the town continues to thrive today.

The Town of Dillon is a full service community with a year-round resident population of approximately 750. Dillon's beautiful
location in the heart of Summit County provides an unrivaled scenic backdrop for an abundance of summer activities. Its
close proximity to the famous Summit County ski areas makes it a convenient spot for winter vacationers. The many
condominiums and motel rooms bring the peak population to about 4,000 people.



Dillon is referred to as the gem of Summit County, situated on the scenic shores of Dillon Reservoir.

If you can imagine no lake Dillon and three rivers coming together where a trading post and clusters of cabins might have
existed, then you can imagine the first town of Dillon. This was the scene in the late 1800s until Denver needed water
storage in the high country. The town had to relocate to the northeastern shore of the lake while the reservoir was
completed in 1963. You can visit the town's beautiful hillside cemetery that was moved from the former site. Now the
lakeside mountain town of Dillon has a variety of amenities. One can find eateries housed in buildings from the Old Town of
Dillon, microbreweries, a bowling alley, batting cages, Gart Sports outlet, and Saturday night summer concert/theatre
performances in the Lake Dillon amphitheater. A trip to the old school house, which is now the Summit historical societys
museum, is worth the visit to learn more about the area.

Dillon is a lakeside, mountain resort community located southwest of Denver, Colorado. The city is convenient to Lake
Dillon, offering many recreational activities such as sightseeing, hiking, sail boarding and fishing. More outdoor
opportunities are found at Dillon Marina and the Pike National Forest, with 14,000-foot mountain peaks and nine wilderness
areas. Sapphire Point is another local attraction, located between Keystone and Breckenridge, offering spectacular views of
Lake Dillon Reservoir and the Tenmile Range. Visitors can also hike two trails that pass through meadows, forests and
scenic overviews at Dillon Nature Preserve. Discover the brewery business in Dillon through daily, self-guided tours at the
Dillon Dam Brewery. As well, visit Lula Myers Ranch House, an 1885 two-story house built of hand-chopped logs with walls
insulated by newspaper. Do not miss the Dillon Schoolhouse Museum, presenting educational history through a large
collection of artifacts, clothing and jewelry from the late 1800s to early 1900s.




Visit the Dillon cemetery .....

The original Dillon Cemetery was established in 1885 and was the only graveyard patented under federal law, its patent
signed June 30, 1901 by President McKinley. During the construction of the Dillon Dam in 1962 the original cemetery was
moved from its first location to its present "home".

Interred here are many who were important to the development of the north end of Summit County: members of the families
of four of the eight drivers of the High Line Stage Coach Route from Georgetown to Leadville, which operated from 1879
until the arrival of the railroad in 1882; administrative and operating personnel of the narrow-gauge railroads; miners;
timbermen and other sawmill workers; blacksmiths; tradesmen, hotel keepers and livery operators; homesteaders and
ranchers; road builders, and county officials. One "colored," Dillon town marshal Steve Edwards, was moved, at his death
said to be the oldest citizen in the county.

Tours can be arranged. Call 970-453-9022 for information



The original Dillon Cemetery was established in 1885 with a gift of 53.5 acres of land by pioneer Chauncey Warren. Warren
had a stable and hotel in Dillon, served as mayor and was the patriarch of a large and distinguished family. He was interred
in the first cemetery, then later in this second one. The original cemetery was the only graveyard patented under federal
law, its patent signed June 30, 1901 by President McKinley.

The oldest burial is that of Baby Boche in 1879, now in Lot 3, grave 3, first row inside the west fence where “unknowns”
are buried. These people are not unknown; they are persons for whom relatives could not be located at the time of removal.
The building of the Dillon reservoir would make the cemetery inaccessible, so the court, in 1962, ordered its removal to its
present site. The Denver Water Board had wanted to leave it as a historic monument.

The cemetery is heavily treed, with dirt roads running throughout. The many family plots are bordered with fences made of
wooden pickets, wire, chains, bricks, concrete, metal poles, wooden rails and stones. Mini statues and mini topiaries are
scattered about, and an occasional birdhouse hangs from a tree bough. To the left as one enters the cemetery beneath a
wood and metal arch supported by stone pillars is a Soldiers Plot, marked by a granite obelisk.

Directions: The Dillon Cemetary is located on Cemetary Road off State Highway 6

Summit Historical Society, (970) 453-9022, 309 N Main, Breckenridge, CO 80424


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