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Visit this 1882 Victorian home in downtown Breckenridge. It was recently restored as a tribute to Barney L. Ford who was the son of a Virginia slave. Barney Ford escaped slavery via the Underground Railroad and achieved success in Breckenridge and throughout the west as a prominent businessman, civic leader, black rights advocate, and mine owner. Read More
Step into the past at the Byers-Evans House Museum. The house was built in 1883 by Rocky Mountain News publisher Williams Byers and sold in 1889 to the family of William Gray Evans, an officer of the Denver Tramway Company. This distinctive house museum has been beautifully restored to the period between 1912 and 1924, and it is decorated… Read More
Cozens Ranch Museum brings to life pioneer times of the late 1800s at the first homestead of the Fraser Valley. Travel back to the days of stagecoach travel and pioneer ranching. See where countless visitors found shelter and food after the arduous journey over Berthoud Pass. The restored buildings at Cozens Ranch Museum are all that remain of a… Read More
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… Read More
Nestled on the banks of Cherry Creek, the Four Mile House was the last stop coming west to Denver along the Cherokee Trail. It was a welcome site for the weary travelers, a place to wash off the trail dust, have a drink of cool fresh water, find a home-cooked meal, or spend the night before heading in to… Read More
August R. Meyer's 1878 Greek Revival clapboard house (now called Healy House) was built for his bride, Emma. The home features lavish Victorian furnishings collected in Leadville, including objects belonging to silver tycoon Horace and Augusta Tabor, along with other Leadville pioneers. Read More
Hiwan Homestead Museum is a 25-room log mansion built in the Rustic architectural style between 1893 and 1942. Known as Camp Neosho by the Douglas family from 1893 to 1939, the site was renamed the Hiwan Ranch by the second owners, the Buchanan family. Purchased by Jefferson County Open Space Department in 1974, the Museum opened in 1975 and… Read More
The Humphrey Museum and ranch was started by J.J. Clarke in the 1870s as a cattle ranch. Mr. Clarke built a small log cabin where he lived during the summers. After Mr. Clarke's death, the family sold more than 350 acres to the Humphreys in the 1920s. For the remainder of the 20th Century, the Humphreys lived and ranched… Read More
It is fitting that Molly Brown's house is now a museum, as not only is she well known for surviving the sinking of the Titanic, but she was also Denver's first preservationist. In 1930 she purchased poet Eugene Field's home and gave it to Denver. In 1970, Historic Denver, Inc. was founded to save Molly's house from demolition. The… Read More
Built in 1893, this 37-room mansion was home to the John A. and Margaret Thatcher family and named for Mrs. Thatcher's favorite flower. It remained a family residence for 75 years. Designed by noted New York architect Henry Hudson Holly and two years under construction, the mansion was completed in 1893. Nearly all furnishings, accessories, decorative arts, paintings custom… Read More
The Colorado Governor's Residence began as a landmark private home, was transformed into a display of old-world elegance and remains one of the west's true treasure houses as it approaches its second century. Part executive residence, part repository of museum-quality furnishings and objects d'art, the house is a meeting place for the past and the future. Read More
Originally a small cottage, this property was built by Joseph Watson in 1867 and later remodeled and vastly enlarged by his British brother-in-law William Arthur Hamill in 1879. The Hamill House presents the public with the elegant, spacious lifestyle of a silver mining magnate. Owner of extensive mining properties, Hamill's management of the famous and profitable Dives-Pelican and Terrible… Read More
Explore Trinidad's past and its place in the American West at the Trinidad History Museum. The museum features several attractions on one block in Trinidad's acclaimed historic district. Landmark homes, local treasures, and lovely gardens make the Trinidad history Museum a great place to spend the day. Read More
In addition to being a rough and tumble mining camp, Breckenridge was also a Victorian town where gentlemen and ladies socialized at each others’ homes. One of the largest and best-appointed houses was owned by socialites William and Kathleen Briggle. In 1898, they bought an 1896 one-room log cabin and immediately enlarged it by six rooms downstairs and three… Read More