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 miner's pack (or jack) train loaded with supplies, including a stove. Two burros stand on a dirt road lined with wooden frame buildings. Title quoted from handwritten caption on card mount: "A pack train."
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".
Postcard, "Colorado Photography" by John Topolnicki. Caption on the reverse includes the four (4) b's Breckenridge logo: "Breckenridge Ski Area; I-70/US 6 and Colorado 9; Ski Country; Colorado" and "Base Area facilities with Bergenhof at right and Peak 8 slopes in background. Degree of difficulty - Beginner - Intermediate and Advanced." One of six detachable postcards folded into a packet.
Edwin Carter's residence and museum in Breckenridge, Colorado. Built in 1875, this one story simple gable log cabin has a log addition on the south side. View of Tenmile Range in the background. Title quoted from handwritten caption on card mount: "Carter Museum."
Postcard, "Colorado Photography" by John Topolnicki. Caption on the reverse includes the four (4) b's Breckenridge logo: "Dogsled Racing; I-70/US 6 and Colorado 9; Ski Country; Colorado" and "Dog sledding on Boreas Pass with Peak 8 of the Breckenridge Ski Area in the background." One of six detachable postcards folded into a packet.
During the "Big Snow" event of 1898-1899, Ezra Stewart, in dark cape overcoat and hat, and his wife, Ada, walk a dog with William Briggle on the snowy road in front of Briggle's snow-loaded house on Harris Street in Breckenridge, Colorado.
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.
Breckenridge Water Works blank card used to record description and location of water connections, number of rooms, location of building. The reverse has blank space to fill in Owner and Tenant names, water rates per month for year 193_.
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.
Frank Willis sits in a chair next to a bookcase in the front room of his house in Breckenridge, Colorado. Behind him is a curtained window with a row of plants on the windowsill. The door is open to allow outdoor light to stream in through the screen door.
Postcard, "Colorado Photography" by John Topolnicki. Caption on the reverse includes the four (4) b's Breckenridge logo: "Breckenridge At Dawn; I-70/US 6 and Colorado 9; Ski Country; Colorado" and "Breckenridge Ski Area Peaks 8 and 9 in background with a full moon over their summits. Touched by the light of the rising sun. The old mining town turned resort." One of six detachable postcards folded into a packet.
Gough's house and outbuildings in Breckenridge, Colorado, are almost buried under snow during the winter of the "Big Snow" of 1898-1899. Quoted from handwritten text on reverse: "Gough's house from the hill".
Placer mining in Summit County, Colorado. Men use pickaxes and a sluice box to prospect for gold in a placer deposit or gulch. Water from the pond above is diverted into a long, sloping wooden trough with grooves on the bottom to separate gold from the extracted rocks, gravel and sand. Title quoted from handwritten caption on card mount: "Gulch mining".
Portrait photograph on card mount of Kathleen Trotter Briggle. Kathleen married William Harrison Briggle in January 1896. The couple lived on Harris Street in Breckenridge, Colorado. Printed text on the card mount: "The Mantello."