A boy stands in the snowy landscape outside the schoolhouse on Harris Street in Breckenridge, Colorado, circa 1898. Built in 1882, the two-story wood frame schoolhouse featured a bell and cupola centered on the simple gable roof and a shed addition on the south side. Brick chimneys rise from both gable ends and sash windows are pedimented throughout. Next door is a side gable frame house. In the foreground is a wooden sidewalk running along the east side of Harris Street. The schoolhouse was torn down and replaced with a brick structure in 1909.
A cableway transports excavated boulders from the Gold Pan Pit at the Gold Pan Mining Company operations just south of Breckenridge, Colorado. Boulders larger than 8 inches were lifted from the pit by rectangular metal platforms edged on three sides called "stone boats". The cableway transported and disposed the rocks from the pit, and carried heavy pipes and equipment into the pit. In view are mine buildings and structures, including a locomotive crane used to assist in removing boulders from the pit. Barney Ford Hill is in the background. Early 1900s.
A dog is asleep on the carpeted floor of the parlor in Charles A. and Martha (Silverthorn) Finding's house on Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado. Circa 1893. The room is furnished with area rugs, a secretary desk, a bookcase and a wicker rocking chair in the bay window. Anchoring the room is an ornate cast iron parlor stove. Decorative items throughout include framed pictures and photographs, porcelain plates supported on easels, seashells and vases. Doilies, antimacassars and tasseled cloth runners cover chair backs and tables and heavy tasseled curtains drape the opening to the adjacent music room. A large book is displayed on a metal book stand, probably the Family Bible.
Office in the Gold Pan Mining Company office building on South Ridge Street in Breckenridge, Colorado. The building had five offices on the main floor, and bedrooms and a bath upstairs. The room is furnished with a drafting table, roll top desk and two office chairs. A large map of "Leadville" covers one wall. Hanging from the ceiling is a four globe light fixture; two large windows bring additional light to the interior. Circa 1900s.
A man sits in a chair facing away from his desk inside the Colorado Telephone Company in Breckenridge, Colorado. Circa 1899-1920s. On the desk are books, stacks of papers, inkwells and a candlestick telephone (also known as upright desk stands). The carpeted office is also furnished with typewriter desk with a typewriter on top, a wood secretary filled with books, and a bookstand. Taxidermy, two framed "State of Colorado Certificate of Authority" documents, and a hand crank telephone (or telegraph) hang on the wallpapered wall. The company began providing service to Breckenridge in 1899.
Two men recreate near a rustic log cabin below Rocky Point, east of Breckenridge, Colorado circa 1900s. One man fishes from a log bridge while the other pans for gold near the cabin entrance. Smoke from the Colorado and Southern (C&S) narrow gauge train is visible in the background.
A man dressed in a suit coat and hat, and wearing pants tucked into tall, laced boots, stands on the dirt road outside the Wellington Mine and Mill operations in French Gulch, east of Breckenridge, Colorado. Behind him is a large stack of lumber and finished mine timbers. Smoke fills the view in the background. Circa June 1913.
A man sits at a desk in the offices of the Gold Pan Mining Company on South Ridge Street in Breckenridge, Colorado. A half wall lined with drawers, shelving and teller windows separates the office from the public space. Hanging on the wall behind him is a row of clipboards and more file drawers, and a clock. Circa early 1900s.
A man stands near the edge of a pond on a hill, with a view of the Brooks-Snider Mine and Mill in the distance. A buck and rail fence borders the property. On the left is a log cabin. Near Breckenridge, Colorado, circa 1890s-1900s.
A man wearing a bowler (derby) hat stands on the dirt road outside the Wellington Mine and Mill operations in French Gulch, east of Breckenridge, Colorado. Behind him is a massive mine waste dump. In the background on the hillside are the Oro Shaft buildings. Circa June 1913.
A woman (possibly Mary Swisher) stands under a snow covered evergreen outside her home in Breckenridge, Colorado on December 25, 1899. Tracks in the snow lead to the open front door. The one and half story frame house featured a multi-gable roof.
A woman smiles as she sits on a piece of board placed across the wooden beams of a mine structure east of Breckenridge, Colorado. Circa 1890s. She wears a straw boater style hat, high collared shirtwaist, and ankle length skirt with matching jacket. The jacket has a button front and puffed sleeves. The snow covered peaks of the Tenmile Range are in the background.
Well-dressed young women and one young man pose with dogs on the covered front porch of Judge Marshall and Agnes (Ralston) Silverthorn's house on Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado. Circa 1910s. The two women sitting on the porch's lower steps may be the Silverthorn's granddaughters, Agnes Eleanor Finding (left, in a contrasting vertical stripe dress and cradling a small dog) and her sister Charline Antoinette (right, wearing a dark dress with white paneled front and a large brimmed hat with white plumes). Between them, sitting on the top step, is a girl holding a puppy on her lap and a large dog. Another woman sits on a chair by the front door, her gloved hands folded across her lap. A bicycle leans against a chair in the lawn.
An elderly man wearing a beret leans on his cane outside a store on Main Street, Breckenridge, Colorado. Circa after 1912, when the wooden sidewalks were replaced by concrete. The storefront windows advertise "Cigars - Tobacco & Candles - Newsstand". Inside the doorway, a tall glass tabletop cabinet with a curved glass front displays merchandise. More items are displayed in the windows, including card mount photographs on easels.
Office in the Gold Pan Mining Company building on South Ridge Street in Breckenridge, Colorado. Circa early 1900s. The room is furnished with two rolltop desks facing each other, a drafting table under one of the two windows, and a radiator. Against one wall is a wood card file cabinet with numerous small drawers over larger drawers; lower shelves are filled with ledger books. More books are on top of one of the desks, and framed certificates adorn the wallpapered walls. Hanging from the wallpapered ceiling is a four globe light fixture.
Band members pose for a group portrait in front of Fireman's Hall on Main Street, Breckenridge, Colorado. Circa 1900s. They wear uniforms buttoned up the front with shoulder epaulettes; some of the men are dressed in dark suits and necktie. Behind them, parked in front of the large open bay is a convertible automobile decorated with a flag. To the left is the Livery and Feed Store. People are gathered on the wooden sidewalk, including a woman with a baby carriage.
Hydraulic mining operations at Bemrose Placer on Hoosier Pass, south of Breckenridge, Colorado. The crew stands by as the hydraulic pipe with high pressure nozzle, called a "Giant", forcefully directs water at the gold-bearing hillside. Water rushes over the gulch and through the gravel pit. Circa 1900s.
Ben Stanley Revett and another man in a two-horse drawn carriage coming down a steep dirt road on the French Gulch side of Farncomb Hill, near Breckenridge, Colorado. Mount Guyot in the background. Circa early 1900s.
Breckenridge Band members kneel or stand with their musical instruments on the wooden sidewalk in front of Fireman's Hall on Main Street, Breckenridge, Colorado. Circa 1890s-1900s. Star patterned bunting decorates the open bay and flags on poles hang inside. The band members wear boater or fedora style hats, neckties and white, long sleeved collared shirts tucked into belted white pants. Some of the men have suitcoats. Instruments include: trumpets, drums, horns.