Summit County Historical Tours and Mine Tours Offer a Peek at the Past

 

While you are on your Keystone vacation, there are ample opportunities for you and your family to learn about  the rich history of the Summit County area.   With historical tours available at nearby museums, as well as tours of mines, gold panning and more, there is something for everyone to explore the past of Keystone, and nearby towns.

Panning for Gold

National l Historic District of Breckenridge Walking Tour

Visit the 1880 Alice G. Milne House and the 1896 W.H. Briggle House. See the earliest homes in town, from log cabins to mail-order houses and stately residences. Learn about Breckenridge’s commercial history and see the buildings that housed the bank, stores, offices barbershop, theater, restaurants, saloons and hotels. Also included on the tour are churches, the courthouse and school.  For a tour schedule, please contact the Breckenridge Historical Alliance at 970.453.9767.

Barney Ford House Museum

Located in Breckenridge, this Victorian home was built in 1882.  It has been recently restored as a tribute to Barney L. Ford, who escaped slavery via the Underground Railroad.  He achieved success in the West, and is remembered in Breckenridge as a prominent businessman, civic leader, mine owner, and advocate.

Edwin Carter Museum

Explore the second oldest museum in the State of Colorado.  Learn about Edwin Carter, the log cabin naturalist and member of the prestigious Colorado 100.  Learn about Rocky Mountain fauna and the history of the area.  Call 970.453.9767 for a complete tour schedule.

Country Boy Mine

This mine is located in nearby Breckenridge, Colorado, and offers tours, gold panning, and burro riding.

Prices are $22.95 for adults, $16.95 for children, and $10 for school groups.  Gold panning is included in the mine tour prices or can be paid for separately for $9.95.

Summer Season hours are from May 25-September 5 with mine tours from 10am to 4pm.  Tours leave every hour on the hour, and last for approximately 45 minutes long.  The last tour will take place at 4pm.

 

Washington Mine

Peer down into a manway and mineshaft, handle drill steel and core samples, wear a hard hat and walk along ore-car tracks where miners once drilled and blasted.  See the tools of the trade, and learn why prospectors dug where they did!

Tours need to be scheduled with the Breckenridge Historical Alliance by calling 970.453.9767.  A typical tour lasts for an hour and a half and does include a fee.


Lomax Placer Gulch

Take a tour, view a slide show to learn how the landscape has been changed by mining, visit a miner’s cabin, and pan for gold!

Tours need to be scheduled with the Breckenridge Historical Alliance by calling 970.453.9767.  A typical tour lasts for an hour and a half and does include a fee.

 

SummitCove is offering lodging specials in Keystone, Colorado throughout the summer and autumn months.  Please contact one of our vacation planners today to get started on planning the family vacation of your dreams!

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