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Gold Dredging Boat

Patricia Montgomery

Cave Spring, United States

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Although Breckenridge, Colorado is now a scenic ski resort area, it was once a gold mining town.
The remains of this crumbling old wooden dredge boat floats on a pond it more than likely created. Note the hills of gravel behind the boat which were dredged up by one of nine dredge boats brought to this area around 1898. These mechnical miners dredged up glacial rock and separated it from the finer gravels from which they washed the gold.
The Dredge boats floated on ponds they created while dredging the river beds to depths of 50 feet in a swath some 200 feet wide in search of gold. The last boat ceased operations in 1942.
You will see these piles of gravel all along the route from Frisco right into the city limits of Breckenridge. At one point one of the dredge boats actually broke though right into the town of Breckenridge.

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