The Town

History of Breckenridge

Gold was discovered along the banks of the Blue River in 1859 and soon after, Breckenridge was founded.

Fast forward 100 years, Breckenridge pioneers, Trygve Berge and Sigurd Rockne, discovered “white gold” and Breckenridge Ski Resort. Since the opening of Peak 8 in 1961, Breckenridge has gone through many transformations.

1971 – Peak 9 opened 1980 – Designation of Historic district 1985 – Peak 10 opened 1993 – Peak 7 opened, the installation of the 2007 – Gondola installation 2013 – Peak 6 opened

Various other cultural and art additions make Breckenridge a one-of-a-kind vacation destination.

Today, Breckenridge greets future “locals” with the same culture, character, and hometown flavor that took shape in 1861. Staying true to its roots, it offers a fantastic ski area as well as a vibrant and historic mining town. The genuine history, potent arts, and variety of music that inspires locals and visitors will fill their senses and find their home.

Historic District- Breckenridge is home to some of the most unique and genuine history in the Rockies. The town has continued to accentuate this through historic preservation efforts. Breckenridge has one of the largest historic districts in Colorado. It includes 250 historic and Victorian structures and 6 operating museums. Each has its own unique take on the history of mining, skiing, Breckenridge, and the Rocky Mountains.

To learn more about the history of Breckenridge, check out the Breckenridge Welcome Center in the Blue River Plaza, or contact Breckenridge History for more information on guided and interpretive hikes and museums.