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Breckenridge History Manuscript Collection

  • cou-bha BHA.003
  • Collection
  • circa 1920s-1955

Personal papers created by various individuals for their descendants or friends describing first person accounts and/or their family's experiences related to Breckenridge, Colorado from the 1850s up to 1899. Topics include: wagon trains; gold rushes; Native Americans; the "Big Snow" event of 1898-1899.

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"Founding and Early History of Breckenridge, Colo."

Part one from the typed manuscript by Agnes (Finding) Miner. Her account of the early history of Breckenridge, titled "Founding and Early History of Breckenridge, Colorado" begins in 1859 with the Georgia Gulch gold rush and continues with the area's mining and railroad history. Agnes also includes the naming of Breckenridge and references to "Colorado, a Summer Trip" by Bayard Taylor and "In the Parks and Mountains of Colorado" by Samuel Bowles. Agnes ends part one of the manuscript with a poem.

Miner, Agnes E. (Finding)

Manuscript by Cora Ellen Turner Peabody

Personal account titled "My Brother Was Named Summit County" by Cora Ellen Turner Peabody, handwritten when she was 84 years old. Cora Ellen describes how her father, Hiram Turner (born in Maine in 1815) traveled to Colorado in 1859. His wife, Julia (Sneider) joined him in Breckenridge in the spring of 1860. Cora Ellen writes "My mother...was the second white woman in Summit County. Here my brother was born; he was the first white child in the county; and, fittingly enough, was named Summit County." Other mentions include her father's trades and occupations, Pike's Peak Gold Rush, encounters with Native Americans, mining placer claims, and her siblings.

Peabody, Cora Ellen Turner

Manuscript by Elmer Clifton Peabody

Elmer C. Peabody dedicated this typed manuscript to his granddaughters in 1952. In it, he shares his memories of the "Big Snow" of 1898-1899 as a fourteen year old boy living in Breckenridge. Of particular interest is Elmer's description of "snow bikes". Also, he tells about mail delivery and transportation by skis, low food supplies and Mrs. Kaiser's cow, and dances held at G.A.R. Hall and Fireman's Hall.

Peabody, Elmer Clifton

"The Story of a Colorado Pioneer (Mrs. Charles A. Finding)"

Part two from the typed manuscript by Agnes (Finding) Miner. Titled "The Story of a Colorado Pioneer (Mrs. Charles A. Finding)" it recounts the life of Martha Silverthorn Finding, as told by Martha to her daughter Agnes. Describes the Silverthorn Family journey from Pennsylvania to Denver, Colorado in 1859, then on to Breckenridge in 1861. Also, encounters with Native Americans. Part two of the manuscript ends with: "Written by Duane F. Miner of the Breckenridge Woman's Club. It is the story of her Mothers [sic] early experiences."

Miner, Agnes E. (Finding)