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  • Edwin Carter came to Breckenridge in 1868 seeking gold and fortune, but his goals changed when he saw the devastation mining had on the environment and local wildlife. Carter became a taxidermist and collected thousands of Rocky Mountain animal specimens in his museum, which doubled as his home. Scientists from all over the world came to Breckenridge to see Carter’s collection.

  • In the midst of the majestic Rocky Mountains, the Country Boy Mine was one of the largest and most famous gold mines in Breckenridge. While at the mine, visitors can pan for gold, pet burros, slide down the 55-foot ore chute, explore the authentic mine site, view the exhibits and equipment and visit the general store.

  • The Barney Ford House Museum honors Barney L. Ford, an escaped slave who became a prominent entrepreneur and black civil rights pioneer in Colorado. In 1880, Ford became the first black businessman in Breckenridge when he opened Ford’s Restaurant and Chop House. The house was built in 1882 for Ford, his wife Julia, and their three children by prominent craftsman Elias Nashold. In its day, the house was considered a showplace home in Breckenridge.