Sunday, April 20, 2008

Breckenridge Fun

Saturday we drove up to Breckenridge to see Robert Randolph and the Family Band, one of our favorite funksters. Jason laughed at my awe-struck faces when we drove into Breck - such a cool little ski town, I fell in love. We met up with our friend Bo (who we met at a concert in Ft. Lauderdale) and had an absolute blast. Below are some photos of the show, and driving up to Breck we went through some neat mining towns. Como was one of them. A brief history of Como - Como is an unincorporated town and a U.S. Post Office in Park County, Colorado, United States. The Como Post Office has the ZIP Code 80432.[2]
Located at the northern end of South Park, the town is a historic mining settlement founded during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush in 1859. It sits approximately one-half mile (1 km) north of U.S. Route 285, approximately 9 miles (15 km) northeast of Fairplay. It is accessible by an unpaved county road off Highway 285 leading northwest over Boreas Pass (to Breckenridge) in the Front Range. The mountains northwest of town form a dramatic background to the town site, which sits on the flank of Little Baldy Mountain. The town was named by prospectors and miners from Como, Italy who came to work the gold fields of the area.
In 1879 the town became the location of a roundhouse of the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad, which was extended over Kenosha Pass to reach the silver mining areas during the Colorado Silver Boom. The roundhouse served as a junction for trains going northward over Boreas Pass and southward toward Fairplay and over Trout Creek Pass at the western end of South Park. The town has many historic weathered structures, including the roundhouse, and has the air of a ghost town that is still nevertheless populated, by 500 people. It has a small commercial district just off the main county road consisting of a post office and general store. The roundhouse is currently under renovation with intention of turning it into a principal tourist attraction in the area.

We'd love to take a half day or so and explore these kinds of places along 285. Enjoy the pictures, and lots of xoxoxox's to everyone ;)

Old house restaurant in Como.
Look at the view from here!
Many of the old mining houses are painted funky like this pink house..

We were stuck for awhile behind this guy on a mo-ped
A great concert in a great town!
Robert Randolph!

View from the show.
Crowd next to the concert.
That's a mountain peak behind this building on Mainstreet!

Mainstreet, Breckenridge.

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