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BHA Oral History Project

  • cou-bha OHP.001
  • Colección
  • 2017-2021

The BHA Oral History Project's aim is to understand and share more of Breckenridge’s contemporary history and culture, specifically from the late 1950s until the 1990s. The recorded interviews help BHA preserve its “contemporary” history and memorialize the highlights, challenges and developments that shaped Breckenridge and its community.

Breckenridge History

Diary book with handwritten entries, 1911

  • cou-bha BHA.0017
  • Unidad documental simple
  • 1911

Diary book belonging to a Breckenridge, Colorado resident (unidentified). Circa 1911. "The Excelsior Diary 1911" bound in dark red leather with plain front and back covers. The first several pages include a church calendar, astronomical information, monthly calendars for 1911, interest and wage tables, lists of states and territories, principal countries populations, values of foreign currencies, and more. Handwritten entries begin on Sunday, January 1, 1911 and end Sunday, December 31, 1911. Contents appear to be a daily log of weather, work activities, and social life.


Young Photograph Collection

  • cou-bha BHA.0002
  • Colección
  • 1965

Photographs taken in January 1965 by Gregory Young while on a ski trip to Breckenridge with his college fraternity.

Young, Gregory

Town of Breckenridge Clerk's Office Historical Records

  • cou-bha BHA.0004
  • Colección
  • 1880-1973, with gaps

Town of Breckenridge, Colorado historical records, including Minute Books, financial statements, invoices, cancelled checks and miscellaneous receipts from the 1890s-1900s, with gaps.

Town of Breckenridge Clerk's Office

Breckenridge History Manuscript Collection

  • cou-bha BHA.0003
  • Colección
  • 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.

Various sources

Town of Breckenridge Cultural Resource Surveys

  • cou-bha BHA.0009
  • Record group
  • 2000-2018

The Town of Breckenridge completed Cultural Resource Surveys for buildings and structures within the Historic District to assess properties’ eligibility for individual listing in the National and State Registers, for local landmark designation, and whether or not they qualify for National Register listing as contributing resources within the historic district.
Cultural Resource Surveys include historical and architectural information for each building and structure. Surveyed properties are widely-dispersed throughout the Historic District, including addresses on Adams, French, Harris, High, Main and Ridge Streets, on Lincoln and Washington Avenues, and on Ski Hill Road. Properties are in the following historically platted additions and subdivisions: Abbett’s, Bartlett and Shock, Snider, Stiles, Valley Brook Cemetery, and Yingling and Mickles. The survey area comprises approximately 72 acres.

Cultural Resource Historians LLC

Telephone Directories

  • cou-bha BHA.0005
  • Colección
  • 1936-2000, with gaps

Telephone directories (also called phone books) for Breckenridge, Colorado, and surrounding areas. Includes towns in Summit, Lake, and Eagle counties.

Various sources

Breckenridge History Photograph Collection

  • cou-bha BHA.0012
  • Colección

Card mount photographs, portraits, and other photographic materials donated by various sources to Breckenridge History. Subjects include people, landscapes, businesses and industries relevant to Breckenridge and the greater Breckenridge area.

Various sources

Film clips by Donald Jacobsen

  • cou-bha BHA.0014
  • Unidad documental simple
  • 1964-1965

8mm film footage shows scenery along Boreas Pass Road and North Main Street, Breckenridge, Colorado. Also, views driving Highway 9 north to Frisco, Colorado. Other film clips feature skiing, a Blue River wash out north of Breckenridge, and the Ullr Parade on Main Street in 1965.

Jacobsen, Donald

Summit Historical Society Photograph Collection

  • cou-bha BHA.0020
  • Colección

Digital objects and description records created by Breckenridge History of original photographs and sheet film negatives from Summit Historical Society's holdings in Dillon, Colorado. Represents various people and industries relevant to Breckenridge and the greater Breckenridge area, circa 1870s-1900s. Includes images of placer mining operations, gold dredges, the railway and railroad facilities, and buildings along Main Street, Breckenridge.

Breckenridge History

J. Frank Willis Photograph Album

  • cou-bha BHA.0006
  • Colección
  • circa 1880s-1903

J. Frank Willis gave this souvenir album as a gift to his sister, Pauline (Willis) Merritt. The album contains photographs by Breckenridge photographer Otto Westerman. Various subjects include town views, mine site landscapes, railroad tracks through gulches and Willis' property on Gibson Hill. Some are of the Ten Mile Canyon outside of Frisco, Colorado and one photograph is of Tom's Baby (the largest piece of wire gold found in Colorado).

Westerman, Otto

John A. Topolnicki Sr. Photographic Collection

  • cou-bha JTS.001
  • Colección
  • 1959-1972

Postcards and photographic material created by photographer John Albert Topolnicki Sr. featuring the Colorado natural landscape, mountains, abandoned mine sites, ski areas and similar subjects. His photographs are considered the best historical record of Breckenridge Ski Resort and Summit County, Colorado landscapes in the early 1960s-1970s.

Topolnicki Sr., John A.

Robert H. Sayre Collection

  • cou-bha BHA.0007
  • Colección
  • 1910-1929

Sheet film negatives circa 1910-1920s showing snow slides blocking the railroad in Ten Mile Canyon. Also, views of mine sites and structures east of Breckenridge and near Montezuma, Colorado.

Sayre, Robert H.

Agnes Miner Collection

  • cou-bha BHA.0001
  • Colección
  • 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)