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Ford House

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1882, Elias Nashold. 111 E. Washington St.

Barney Ford, a runaway mulatto slave, discovered gold on what is now called Barney Ford Hill. His Oro Mine, later consolidated with the Wellington Mine, became one of the county's biggest and longest-lived producers. Supposedly run out of Breckenridge by its many Confederate sympathizers, Ford moved to Denver, where he became a prominent innkeeper. He returned to Breckenridge in 1880 to open Barney Ford's Chop House (demolished), at 201 South Main Street (northeast corner of Washington Avenue), and built this modest frame house with a spacious yard.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Ford House", [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, 460-461.

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