Question 1: This Colorado ski town is the largest in Summit County, Colo., and hosts Ullr Fest every January. Where are we?
Correct Answer: Breckenridge
Fact: Breckenridge is the most populous town and county seat of Summit County. Originally a mining town, Breckenridge is now primarily a destination for winter sports. Ullr Fest, named for a Norse god, celebrates all things winter.
Question 2: What type of mining led to the establishment of Breckenridge?
Correct Answer: Gold
Fact: The discovery of gold near Breckenridge led to the Pike's Peak Gold Rush of 1859, later called the Colorado Gold Rush. Prospectors were called Fifty-niners. The town of Breckenridge was established the same year in what was then the Territory of Utah.
Question 3: Edwin Carter came to Breckenridge for the gold rush but switched jobs. What did he do instead?
- Both are correct
Correct Answer: Both are correct
Fact: Carter started collecting wild animal specimens to preserve and study. He eventually became a vocal opponent of gold mining due to the damage it caused to local environments. The cabin Carter built to display his work still stands in Breckenridge and his collection became the foundation for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.