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A man and dog outside the remains of a snow tunnel on Main Street, Breckenridge during the Big Snow of 1899

Melting snow exposes one of the tunnels that had been used to access businesses on Main Street, Breckenridge, during the "Big Snow" winter of 1898-1899. A man reaches to hold the paw of a dog sitting with both front legs raised up off the ground. In the background are false front buildings and a side gable structure. "April 14th, '99" is handwritten on the reverse.


A snow plow on a road in Aspen, Colorado

A snow plow moves snow to the side of a road in Aspen, Colorado. In the background is a two-story wood frame house. Handwritten on the reverse: "Aspen (?)". Stamped "RAYS LaCrosse, Wis. Nationally Known Guaranteed Prints" and "A24."


A woman stands outside George Watson's house in Breckenridge during the Big Snow of 1899

A woman wearing a hat and fur-collared coat stands at the end of a deep trench cleared in the snow outside of George Watson's house in Breckenridge, Colorado. Looking east with Barney Ford Hill and Bald Mountain (Mount Baldy) in the background. Handwritten caption on the reverse: "View from y'd at G.B. Watsons April 20th '99".


Agnes Miner Collection

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  • Collection
  • 1880s-1910s

Numbering about 80 mounted and unmounted albumen prints, most are by Breckenridge photographer Otto Westerman. Included among the collection are photographs related to the Finding family, such as portraits of both Agnes (Finding) Miner and her mother, Martha (Silverthorn) Finding, the Finding family posed in front of their Breckenridge home, and Charles A. Finding's hardware store on Main Street, Breckenridge. Of interest are the albumen prints dating from the late 1890s that were showcased in a small 12 panel album. Removed for preservation purposes, these prints are of local residents and snow covered landscapes taken during the “Big Snow” of 1898-1899. Several photographs are of men, women, and children either posed near or peering through the openings of snow tunnels that were used to access Main Street, Breckenridge businesses.

Miner, Agnes E. (Finding)

Black Lake and Mount Powell of the Gore Range mountains in Colorado

Four people sit in a rowboat near the edge of Black Lake in the Gore Range mountains with Mount Powell in the background. Handwritten on the reverse "Blake [sic] Lake. Below Dillon showing Mount Powell 500 feet above [illegible] the lake." Photographer's stamp: "O. Westerman, Photographer, Breckenridge, - Colorado."

Westerman, Otto

Breckenridge photographer Otto Westerman's contact sheet showing images of burros and people

Photographer's contact sheet with four small, individual prints. From top: Four children sit on a burro, with one young girl holding the reins; a man stands next to a burro carrying a load: burro pack train; burro pack train carrying pipes. Breckenridge photographer Otto Westerman's stamp is on the reverse. Circa 1880s-1900s.

Westerman, Otto

Breckenridge railroad yards during the Big Snow of 1899

Snow cleared from the railroad tracks and spur that serviced the Kilton Sampler at the Kilton Gold Reduction Company west of Breckenridge, Colorado, during the winter of the "Big Snow" of 1898-1899. Quoted from print on reverse: "R R yds Breckenridge 1899".


Charles Finding in the doorway of his hardware store on Main Street, Breckenridge

Charles A. Finding (left) and another man stand in the doorway of Finding's redstone-front hardware store. A coal burning or parlor stove is visible through the open door. Etched in the glass window above the doorway is "C.A. Finding"; painted across the window frame are the words "Stoves, Tinware, Steam & Gas Fittings, Rope, Iron, Steel and Nails". The reflection of buildings across the street is visible in the large storefront windows. Adjacent the sidewalk and street is a standing water spigot. Quote from handwritten text on the reverse: "Finding Hardware Store - Mrs. Miner's father".


Charles Finding in the office of his hardware store on Main Street, Breckenridge

Interior of the C.A. Finding Hardware Store on Main Street, Breckenridge, Colorado, circa 1894. Charles Finding, in suitcoat and necktie, leans on a desk against the wall. Another well-dressed man stands nearby. Potted plants line the shelf above and in the window. Calendars (dated 1891, 1892, 1893 and 1894) and illustrated posters and prints decorate the wall. A wooden spindle railing separates the office area from public space, with an ornate parlor stove on either side. Another desk, a bookcase and office chairs furnish the room and the corner edge of a glass case is visible in the foreground. Quoted from handwritten text on the reverse: "Probably Mr. Miner's office in his hardware store Breckenridge. Calendar on wall - October 1894".


Edwin Carter's log cabin in Breckenridge

Edwin Carter's log cabin residence and museum in Breckenridge, Colorado. Title quoted from handwritten text on the reverse: "The old Carter museum showing Peak 8 Breckenridge". Circa 1900s.

Westerman, Otto

Ezra Stewart outside Hawkins cabin in Breckenridge during the Big Snow of 1899

Ezra Stewart, wearing a cape overcoat and hat, stands in almost waist deep snow outside Hawkins' cabin on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Ridge Street, Breckenridge, Colorado. In view (center right) is the Fireman's Hall building, with bell cupola and hose drying tower. Snowy Tenmile Range in the background. During the "Big Snow" of 1898-1899.


Freemason procession up Lincoln Avenue to the Summit County Courthouse cornerstone dedication in Breckenridge on July 31, 1909

Hand-colored photograph shows the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. and Breckenridge Masonic Lodge No. 47 procession walking east on Lincoln Avenue for the laying of the Summit County Courthouse cornerstone. The ceremony was held on July 31, 1909. Handwritten on the reverse: "Masonic Parade." Photographer's stamp: "O. Westerman, Photographer, Breckenridge, - Colorado."

Westerman, Otto

Freemasons ceremony to lay the cornerstone of the Summit County Courthouse in Breckenridge

Freemasons lay the cornerstone for the Summit County Courthouse on Lincoln Avenue in Breckenridge, Colorado, in 1909. A large crowd is gathered for the ceremony. Father Dyer Church is in the background. Handwritten on the reverse: "No! Laying the cornerstone of courthouse Breckenridge 1909. Look at Automobile. Father Dyers Church in background."


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