When the town of Breckenridge was established way back in 1859, there were not too many Breckenridge homes to speak of, at least not the kind of luxurious Breckenridge homes that can be found in the five square miles that make up the town today.
Back then all that mattered was gold and during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, prospectors came in droves. Placer gold mining, hard rock mining, hydraulic mining, and even dredging were done in Breckenridge, enabling the mining district to produce somewhere around 31,000 kilograms of gold.
Gold mines are a thing of the past now. No longer operational, several of these mines are open to tourists who would be interested to learn more about how Breckenridge began. Breckenridge Real Estate is the new gold these days. Priceless in every way, houses in Breckenridge offer their residents an excellent quality of life in a place of almost surreal beauty.
Created by General George Spencer, Breckenridge originally takes its name from then US Vice President John Breckinridge. During the days of the Civil War, when John Breckinridge opted to side with the Confederates, the citizens of the town changed the name to “Breckenridge” and it has stayed that way since 1961.