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Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Breckenridge, Colorado is a small town with roots in the Gold Rush of the mid-19th Century. Its first settlers, gold miners, settled the area which was reputed to be a rich source of gold ore.
The town was officially incorporated in 1859. Its founder, General George E. Spencer, also the founder of several other Western mining towns, named Breckenridge after the then sitting Vice President of the United States, John Breckinridge, in hopes of the government granting him a post office. When Vice President Breckinridge was expelled from the government on treason charges for his sympathies with the South during the Civil War, the town changed the spelling of its name to minimize its association with him.
For many years the town of Breckenridge was left off of official U.S. maps of the area, leading to the local legend of Breck being known as "The Kingdom" of Breckenridge, and helping add to its outlaw, rebellious character.
Breckenridge would grow to become a prosperous mining town with its own railroad depot, a coveted asset, which eventually caused several neighboring towns to fold. Twenty years after its founding, the town was home to several homes and businesses, hotels, and three newspapers.
The town's modern day signature attraction, the Breckenridge Ski Resort, first opened to the public on Dec. 16, 1961, and has grown to be one of the most visited ski resorts in the Western Hemisphere, attracting millions of guests to the town over the years.
Today the town of Breckenridge is a popular resort whose convenient proximity to Denver, and its unique attributes of quaint shops, world-class skiing, and outdoor activities attracts visitors year 'round for its beautiful scenery and clean air.