Breckenridge travel blog

South Park City Museum

Really great job recreating an entire town

Mining was the original basis for the town

Unusual but effective handcuffs

Pictures cannot do it justice

Faint double rainbow

End of the rainbow


Breckenridge, CO Today was a great day to be a tourist. A historic gold mining settlement, Fairplay was founded in 1859 during the early days of the Pike's Peak Gold Rush. The town was named by settlers who were upset by the generous mining claims given to the earliest prospectors and promised a more equitable system for its residents. Fairplay is home to South Park City Museum. The museum is an accurate representation of a mining town between 1860 and 1900. It has 42 buildings depicting an 1880's mining town. Every one of the buildings is real and not a replica; 7 are on their original site. Some buildings came from nearby old mining communities that have long disappeared. Each of the buildings look like people could walk in and start up the business or live in the house at any moment. Nothing looked staged as in most displays. The buildings included a drug store, dentist, bank, and so many other. It is a complete town. We were there most of the day. It is one of the best restored towns we have ever seen and we really enjoyed it. To return to Breckenridge, we crossed over Hoosier pass.The rain through which we had been travelling let up just enough that we saw one of the most vivid rainbows ever. Stunning! There was actually a faint second rainbow as well.

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