Short Breckenridge Town Blurb



Breckenridge is a small Colorado mountain town with approximately 5,000 year-round residents. At an elevation of 9,600 feet above sea level, it was established in November 1859 by General George E. Spencer. Spencer chose the name "Breckinridge" after John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky, the 14th Vice President of the United States, in the hopes of flattering the government and gaining a post office. It worked, and after a slight name change, the town of Breckenridge was incorporated on March 3rd, 1880. Initially established as a mining community, today Breckenridge hosts film festivals, sporting events, culinary competitions, and even has alpine slides. With skiing, biking, hiking, and fishing available, Breckenridge is definitely a year-round retreat.