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Swan River Dredge No. 4

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1899–1904, Bucyrus Company. 3 miles north of Breckenridge on Colorado 9, 2.7 miles east on Tiger Rd.

California redwood and Oregon pine were used for this 100-foot-long gold boat, a steam-powered outfit operated by a three-person crew. The surviving hull, along with the ponds and the mounds of waste rock the dredge created on the Swan River, are now part of a park (1991). Ruins of another dredge may be seen on French Creek, 5 miles southeast up French Gulch Road. The Gold Dredge Restaurant (1993, Baker + Hogan Associates), 180 West Jefferson Street, is a full-scale concrete replica of an old gravel gobbler.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Swan River Dredge No. 4", [Breckenridge, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 459-459.

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